Styles & Eras
The word “caftan,” or “kaftan,” is basically shorthand for a voluminous length of fabric used as a dress or overdress. Thought to have roots in ancient Mesopotamia, a caftan, at the very least, has a hole for the head. It may also have sleeves sewn into it, it may open and button in the front, it can be worn with or without a belt. Historically, caftans have been worn by both men and women, although in some societies they were reserved for...