Single panel midi kaftan in green with white design
Pippa Holt has collaborated with artisans to create hand made kaftans, using traditional methods. Each piece takes one month to make. No.3 is a limited edition whereby only a small number are made each year. The green, naturally dyed cotton thread is very rare and difficult to make. Mexican tarragon (collected in spring time) is used for the dye but its colour can range from a brilliant yellow to a light butter cream depending on how long the yarn is left to soak. The results depend a lot on the temperature and no two batches are the same. An extremely limited and cherished style in the collection.
A kaftan takes one month to make and, due to the way they are hand-crafted, no two are the same. Naturally dyed cotton thread is woven into cloth using a backstrap loom, an ancient weaving technique that has been used by generations in this community located in a remote village in Mexico. The colours of the threads are dyed from natural processes using vegetables and flowers. Holt has collaborated with Felipa, a head weaver who has over 50 years of experience. Along with her daughter, Angelica and a group of artisans, they create one off pieces following age-old traditions. Together they have produced a colourful collection for the beach and the city. Holt first started wearing the kaftans when she was living in Houston. Nothing prepared her for the searing Texan heat and she ended up wearing them every day. "I love the authenticity of these kaftans and how comfortable they are to wear. I call them my "holiday Heroes: they pack small, work day and night on a beach, in a city, with or without a belt. They are incredibly versatile."