Former British VOGUE stylist Pippa Holt creates kaftans with Mexican artisans that are handmade using traditional techniques. The naturally dyed kaftan No.67 is so difficult to master that stocks are low. The sublime blue of the motif is derived from the Indigo plant and the brown basecloth is from Oak Bark. Both plants are native to the village in Mexico where the weavers live. Due to the natural dye process, kaftan No.67 is very rare.
Pippa Holt's editorial background as a stylist at British Vogue, a degree in fashion design combined with her love of travel is very much evident in her collection. Growing up on the beaches of Australia, she was inspired by her grandmother's style of tropical dressing at her seaside holiday home on The Great Barrier Reef. It was while living in Texas, where she struggled with what to wear every day, that she came across the kaftans that would eventually inspire her eponymous kaftan collection. I met some artisans while on a trip to Mexico and loved their work. The original and bold colours and fabrics filled me with so much joy and also reminded me of a way of dressing that I enjoyed while growing up in Australia. Collaborating with this local community they set about, designing in tandem, handmade kaftans that are made from naturally dyed cotton thread on a backstrap loom, an ancient weaving technique that has been used by generations in this remote Mexican community. Due to the way they are hand-crafted, no two kaftans are the same. Head weaver, Felipa has over fifty years experience and along with her daughter, Angelica and a group of artisans they create one off pieces following age-old traditions.