Three panel 'Special Edition' maxi kaftan in lilac with people rainbow design.
Pippa Holt describes her artisanal kaftans as "holiday heroes". Handwoven in weighty lilac and white striped cotton, with multi-coloured woven 'people' motifs, this maxi length limited-edition kaftan makes a unique addition to any summer wardrobe. Based on the midi version of No.66, No.176 is a ‘limited edition’ kaftan as it takes over two months to make. A true collectors item, the process is explained here in detail by artisan Yuridia who created the piece:
“Only very skilled artisans are able to weave this kaftan. The necklines represent the spine of a snake that appears after the rain. The sacred snake represents the rainbow therefore the spine is a rainbow forming the shoulders of the kaftan. No.176 is made with finer thread than other kaftans, so the artisans need to weave with more strength to give the kaftan the thick structure and durability. Each weaver measures out the number of warp threads needed. In this fine striped kaftan the lines they need to count from two to two the threads to make the finest lines; they intercalculate the white and the purple thread until they make 295 pairs of threads. Typically a regular kaftan has the lines 8 threads wide. The motifs are placed in the neckline of the kaftan with no space between them, therefore just very dedicated weavers are able to weave kaftan No.176”. Just a handful of Kaftan No.176 are available. +
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.
Collaborating with a group of artisans in a remote part of Mexico, together they 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.