Three panel supermini kaftan in khaki
Regular price €500
Pippa Holt describes the kaftans as 'holiday heroes'. Handmade by Mexican artisan weavers, this khaki style is made from structured cotton and is the supermini version of much loved No.168. “Hand crafted in a great shade of khaki with a plain design this is a crisp, sophisticated piece for SS20”, explains Holt, “This kaftan’s colour palette makes a great neutral.”
· khaki cotton
· 100% cotton
· Dry clean or delicate machine wash.
· Slips on
A kaftan takes one month to make 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 Mexico. The colours of the threads are dyed from natural processes using vegetables and flowers. Holt has collaborated with Felipa, a head weaver who has over 50 years of experience. Along with her daughter, Angelica and a group of artisans, they create one off pieces following age-old traditions. Together they have produced a colourful collection for the beach and the city. Holt first started wearing the kaftans when she was living in Houston. Nothing prepared her for the searing Texan heat and she ended up wearing them every day. "I love the authenticity of these kaftans and how comfortable they are to wear. I call them my "holiday Heroes: they pack small, work day and night on a beach, in a city, with or without a belt. They are incredibly versatile."+
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 Stylist Pippa Holt launched her eponymous line of kaftans which celebrates her love of indigenous textiles, far-flung travel and beautiful, original attire after finding nothing to wear in the searing heat while living in Houston.
Pippa says: "I love the authenticity of these kaftans and how comfortable they are to wear. I call them my 'Holiday Heroes'. They pack small, work day and night on a beach, in a city, with or without a belt. They are incredibly versatile. These kaftans are light, practical and yet stylish and reminiscent of far flung shores. In many ways I was collaborating on a collection which recreated that sense of freedom of dressing that I had so adored in Australia. The colours were original and unique and filled me with so much joy.”
Each kaftan takes one month to make and four to five days to sew its panels. Due to the way they are hand-crafted, no two are the same. Pippa has collaborated with Felipa, a head weaver in a remote village in Mexico who has over 50 years of experience. Along with her daughter, Angelica and a group of artisans, they create one off pieces following age-old traditions.
One size only. This item's measurements are: Approximately 82cms wide x 85-90cms long * Each kaftan is woven by hand on a backstrap loom and is unique, therefore measurements can vary slightly vary.