Friday, March 25, 2011

New Product: Open Caftan

I'm excited to add a brand new product to my line. This caftan is open on the sides for maximum ease of movement.

The challenge in designing this garment was making sure that it is durable enough to last through many years of wear and many trips through the wash. In wearing it, the weight of this heavy cloth is all concentrated on the shoulders. To help distribute that weight, I added wide flat-felled bands to the sides of the neckline. The inside is smooth and comfortable on the shoulders.

Then, at the points of the neckline, I attached a thick piece to the front and back. This stabilizes the spot that gets the most stress, preventing is from stretching or tearing.

But, the wearer doesn't have to worry about any of that stuff. Just throw it on, pack it in a suitcase, toss it in the wash, and enjoy!

1 comment:

Disaster Cat said...

Oh I like this, might have to make one for myself, though I'd probably not have such a low V in the back neckline.

It reminds me of my Colombian Ruana a friend brought me back from the weaving factory in Bogata in the 1970's. Mine was heavier and wool but the cut was similar. I wore it until it feel totally apart.

My loom is only 26 inches wide, but I think this would work OK with a center seam front and back.

I love your blog - Melodi in Ireland going out to weave some fancy twill.