Three panel midi kaftan in white and blue stripe with red design.
Former British VOGUE stylist, Pippa Holt's eponymous range of kaftans celebrates her love of indigenous textiles, far-flung travel and beautiful, original attire. A collaboration between weaver, Juana, and her daughters, No. 169 features white and blue striped base with bold red motifs. Pair with a contrast belt and shirt for the city, or chic white sandals for the beach-side escape.
To create the rich red dye for the yarn, weavers look to Cochineal, a parasitic insect that lives on nopal cactus. It is a very laborious process to cultivate and harvest cochineal for use in dyeing. While some weavers have a small amount of the live bugs, it usually is purchased from a professional grower. The insects look like white spots when alive and small grey pellets when dead. Before adding them to boiling water, they are ground to a fine powder on the metate. +
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.