Joyful 1960s Josefa Mexico Rainbow Ribbon on Ivory Cotton Caftan Dress w Zip Front
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 and detailed. 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. I have had the twin of this one before and I am always happy to find another.
This is one of my absolute favourites out of all the pieces I have ever seen by this label and it is a wonderful example of her work. The cotton is crisp and fresh feeling. Usually you see these in bright colours but this one is in a natural cream ivory that has a linen like finish to it. The design is based on a classic caftan. It falls from the shoulders and widens out as it nears the hem. It is cut to sit very loose and easy over the body so it is incredibly easy to wear. The sleeves are extra wide and cut to drop on an angle so they have incredible volume and movement. Running over the the front of the dress are strands of multi-coloured ribbon. The ribbons are a full rainbow of bright and happy colours. Each one has been hand sewn into place in rows running across their bodice and then their ends are left loose. When you move they move and create the most fabulous effect. More ribbon circles the sleeves and details them. It slips on to wear and has a front zipper that you can close all the way up to the neck or leave open and low for a plunge effect. Excellent condition with a minor note below
Unlined and zips to close at the front with a painted metal zipper. I see a small spot on the back of one sleeve and some of the ribbons show small repair and stress near the edge where they hang off the caftan. Please see the photos after the label shot.
The bust goes to 19" across from seam to seam - if this fits the rest should fit. It is 59.5" long from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: OSFA (One Size Fits All)
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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