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Mary Jane Sarvis Couture Fine Art Black Silk Velvet Metallic Painted Caftan


There is nothing quite as exclusive as a hand-printed garment. The designer, Mary Jane Sarvis, is a notable American painter and fiber artist with a client list that includes Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, and Carly Simon. Inspired by early 20th century Venetian designer Mariano Fortuny, this elegant caftan is called “The Long Marco.” A creamy black silk velvet is printed with metallic ink, which Sarvis says “lasts forever.”

A close look reveals the dimensionality of the ink and intricacy of the pattern. Each line and color is applied separately with blocks hand-carved by Sarvis, creating an edging reminiscent of South Asian batiks. Twenty three velvet covered buttons slip through satin loops at center front, culminating in a raised and ornamented standing collar with curved corners.

The artistic prowess of this garment is proved by Sarvis’ clear knowledge that silk velvet weighted with metallic ink will drape and swish beautifully. The flair of this silhouette is further accentuated by deep side slits. The upper bodice is lined in silk charmeuse. The caftan is suitable for the most formal affairs, and looks fabulous on everyone from slim to curvy.

Size estimate: M/L


Shoulders: 16 inches

Sleeves: 25 inches

Bust-Hips: up to 45 inches

Length: 49 inches

This handmade garment by noted artist Mary Jane Sarvis is in excellent condition. Made from a soft and sinuous silk velvet, the flair of the silhouette drapes beautifully from the shoulder line to the ankles. Flared full-length sleeves echo the overall silhouette. Ornamented with a hand-carved block print design, the metallic ink filigree pattern transforms this elegant garment into an artistic sensation.

Lined in silk, this coat has 23 velvet covered buttons at the center front which fasten into silk loops. 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.

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