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1970s Vintage 'De Velasco Boutique, Tanger’ Black Silk Pink Embroidered Caftan
This luxurious caftan was made in Morocco during the 1970s, but is origins date back thousands of years and span the globe. The history of the caftan is a bit uncertain. It is believed to have originated from Turkish culture but appears in many others. In Morocco, it was first worn by men but was eventually adopted by women, as well. The loose tunics are historically adorned with ornate trims, like the pink passementerie on this black silk caftan. The narrow silken braid is twisted into the intricate flowing design that borders every edge of this caftan and down its front.
The traditional garment was adopted by several countries in Europe and then eventually made its way to the United States - where it was especially popular during the 1970s. The caftan served as inspiration for some of the eras most iconic designers, like the innovative Rudi Gernreich. His avant-garde, unisex caftans debuted at the 1970 World Fair Expo in Osaka, Japan. Garments like the caftan and its intricate embellishments were also reimagined by Yves Saint Laurent in his multicultural designs.
As seen in this Moroccan version, the caftan manages to seamlessly integrate stunning details like embroidery into a garment that is still very comfortable to wear. The caftan’s simple but chic silhouette can be worn while lounging at home or dressed up with dramatic accessories for a night on the town. With such versatility, it’s easy to see why the caftan’s appeal has endured for so long.
Size estimate: S/M
Shoulders: 17 inches
Sleeves: 18 inches
Bust: 38 inches
Waist: 36 inches
Hips: 40 inches
Length: 56 inches
This 1970s Moroccan black silk caftan has pink passementerie embroidery. The label reads, 'De Velasco Boutique, Tanger.’ The well-constructed garment is fully lined. The exterior is in excellent condition, with light wear and some pinholes to the lining only. Professionally cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.