Former British VOGUE stylist Pippa Holt works with artisans to create kaftans that are handmade using traditional techniques. This terracotta maxi version is made from naturally dyed cotton. Wear yours over swimwear on holiday or belted with gold sandals on hot, summer days. The terracotta colour is made using splintered oak logs which are soaked in room temperature water for a few days and the boiled for 2-3 hours to produce the dye. It is difficult to find the right bunch of logs which produces the exact shade that is required. Therefore no two kaftans are the same. +
It was while living in Houston that Pippa Holt, former British Vogue stylist decided to launch her eponymous line of kaftans which celebrates her love of indigenous textiles, far-flung travel and beautiful, original attire. Nothing prepared her for the searing Texan heat and the kaftans that she came across in a remote Mexican village are what she ended up wearing them every day. Collaborating with a group of artisans in a remote part of Mexico, together they have created a colourful collection for the beach and the city. It takes one month to make each unique kaftan and four to five days to sew the panels. 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. The colours of the threads are dyed from natural processes using vegetables and flowers.