1960s Josefa Hand Embroidered w Brown Ribbon Detailing & Bird Motif Caftan Dress
I absolutely love Josefa caftans. They are like owning a piece of wearable art as each was entirely hand made, detailed and embroidered. They were made in Mexico in the late sixties to early seventies and were the epitome of Bohemian chic in their day. They are easy to wear pieces that can go from the beach, to exploring far off markets to being worn as an evening piece depending on how you style them. This one is a classic design based on a sleeved caftan dress silhouette. The cotton is still crisp and fresh feeling and has been hand dyed to the perfect rustic desert colour. It has hand placed ribbon detailing and a sprinkling of embroidery work. The ribbon work defines the neckline, bodice and sleeves. It also runs down the full front and across the upper back. There are hand done black embroidery details that are done in straight lines over the dress. These add a pop of contrast. I also love the pin tuck detailing at the top of the bodice and the little birds that are embroidered onto each sleeve and at each side of the back skirt. The soft taupe cotton and the gold toned ribbons perfectly compliment each other. It is cut to skim over the bodice and then flares out dramatically as it reaches the hem. The sleeves are cut to do the same and widen out as they near the cuffs. Excellent condition with a minor note to review below
Unlined and slips on to wear. The fabric has natural variations in it. Overall it looks to have been worn very little if at all. I do see a very faint mark on one ribbon and on the fabric at the front. Please see the photo after the label shot. The colour in person is slightly lighter then how it photoed. The loose cut will allow it to fit a range of sizes
Sleeves: approx 20"
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 58" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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