Caftan

Design House: Fortuny (Italian, founded 1906)

Designer: Mariano Fortuny (Spanish, Granada 1871–1949 Venice)

Date: ca. 1930

Culture: Italian

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Courtlandt Palmer, 1950

Accession Number: C.I.50.44

Description

This Fortuny-designed maroon caftan, or djellaba, is based on Asian and North African forms. Fortuny preserves the length of the fabric panels without interruptions of tailoring, not because he is averse to cutting the textile but rather to advance the caftan as an apparel type. As in the traditional Asian garment type, the sleeves of the Fortuny coat extend to cover the wearer's hands.

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