Pippa Holt's kaftans are handcrafted by artisans using traditional methods and take one month to make. With its distinctive purple design on a white, crisp background this is a versatile staple. The cloth is stiff to touch, which adds to its minimal, architectural aesthetic, making it a sophisticated piece with a feel of the far flung. Its oversized shape means it looks as great belted, as it looks worn loose. The panels of this kaftan are sewn together by hand, often by the men in the community, taking three to four days at a time. +
The Pippa Holt Kaftan label is a celebration of Holt’s love of indigenous textiles, bold colours and far-flung travel. Collaborating with a group of artisans in a remote part of Mexico (Felipa, head weaver has been weaving for more than 50 years), together they have created a range of bold, colourful and stylish kaftans that exude an understated luxury and work as well in the city as they do on the beach. It takes one month to make each unique kaftan and, 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. Located in a remote village in the middle of nowhere. The colours of the threads are dyed from natural processes using vegetables and flowers. Marigold flowers for example are responsible for the yellow threads in the kaftans. Before dyeing begins, the plants, earth, minerals and insects that the dyes are made from must be collected. These ingredients are gathered in the mountains above the village, grown in home gardens and also sometimes grown by neighbours who specialise in one element. Cotton threads are added to a vat of boiling water and how long they are left in is determined by the intensity of the colour that is required.