Three panel midi kaftan in yellow and white stripe with burgundy design.
Founded in 2016 by British Vogue stylist, Pippa Holt, her eponymous line of kaftans celebrates a love of indigenous textiles, far-flung travel and beautiful, original holiday attire. Featuring a yellow and white striped base cloth, No.164 exudes a contemporary luxury in pastel tones, anchored with deeper burgundy detailing. The burgundy colours are naturally and sustainably derived from the purpura patula pansa, a species of sea-snail, picked off the rocks on the coastline at low tide during the winter months. When the dyers squeeze or blow on the mollusks, they give off a foamy secretion which is rubbed onto a skein of cotton. Although it is initially colorless, contact with the air turns it yellow, green, and ultimately purple. The snails are put back on the rocks after this process, which explains why this resource has not been exhausted after so many centuries. +
Together, Pippa Holt and a group of Mexican artisans have created a colourful collection for the beach or the city, each style exuding an understated luxury.
It takes each artisan one month to make a kaftan and, due to the way they are meticulously hand-crafted, no two are the same. Naturally dyed cotton thread is woven into cloth using a back-strap loom, an ancient weaving technique that has been used for generations.