7 May 2012

Kaftan el Arous - ensemble brodé

Kaftan el Arous or ensemble brodé as it is known in French is the name of an ornate embroidered overdress or coat worn for special occasions such as weddings.  It has sequins and semi-precious stones.  Prices vary depending on what kind of natural fibres the overdress is made from and also on the intricacy of the embroidery and the value of the precious or semi-precious stones used.

A selection of Kaftan el Arous - ensemble brodé overdresses on sale in the Medina in Tunis.

"A kaftan or caftan (from Persian خفتان xaftân) is a front-buttoned coat or overdress, usually reaching to the ankles, with long sleeves. It can be made of wool, cashmere, silk, or cotton. It may be worn with a sash.

It is a variant of the robe or tunic, versions of which have been worn by countless cultures around the world, for thousands of years. The kaftan is associated with Islamic or Islamicate cultures. Kaftans were often worn as court robes; the splendor and specific decorations of the kaftan indicated the rank of the wearer. Sovereigns often gave ornate kaftans as a mark of favor."
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