Colourful 1960s Josefa Deep Blue Cotton Caftan Dress w Multi Coloured Ribbns & Hand Embroidery
I love Josefa caftans and have covered the history of the label a couple of times in my instagram (go peek one day). They are like owning a piece of wearable art. Every single one of them 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 not perfect so is at a really great price but its still 100% wearable and has that perfect vintage patina
I have had this pattern on a Josefa caftan in a gold and black before and I really love seeing this far more colourful version. The cotton is still crisp the colour of the base is a deep deep blue. Like all the Josefa peiece I have seen there are natural color variations in the fabric since they were all hand dyed and I love the feel of authenticity this gives the fabric. Bright multi-colour ribbons adorn the neckline and I love how they are set to cross over each other and have a woven effect where they meet at the base. Those same rainbow colored ribbons also wrap all the way around the hem and each cuff is finished with them. If that was not enough the caftan has medallions of hand done embroidery work just below the front neck and down the each side. More embroidery work is set on each sleeve. The sleeves are fantastic. Each is cut wide and mimic the way that the skirt widens out as it nears the hem. The dress is cut to sit slightly more fitted through 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. Good overall condition with notes to review below
Unlined and slips on to wear. The fabric has natural variations in it. It's even better in person I think. There is a mark on the ribbon at the front and one of the medallions and a bit of grubbiness to the ribbons. There are a couple areas of fading on the fabric where the fabric folded during storage and was exposed to sun. There's a sense of overall light patina and a bit of fraying to the ribbon at the botton edge. Please review the photos after the shot of the label. None of these affect the strength and wearability of the caftan. The loose cut will allow it to fit a range of sizes.
Bust: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 26" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 60" 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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