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An Ode To The Caftan

An Ode to the Caftan

There are caftans and there are caftans.  You’ll enjoy this piece from Racked on the glorious, golden caftan (most definitely of the latter sort) worn by Meryl Streep in The Post, in her role as Katharine Graham. It’s worthy of an Oscar of its own. Read here: An Ode to Meryl Streep’s Golden Caftan in The Post

Early color-making was like alchemy.

Combining organic materials to make something totally new bordered on miraculous.

Before the Industrial Revolution, some artisans kept their color-making processes secret. Spanish color-makers claimed their red dye came from a nonexistent fruit called “wormberry” (really, it came from a beetle). A European shade called “mommia” was made with crushed-up mummy remains.

You can see why they didn’t want to advertise that.

Color-making materials were so scarce that patrons and artists often came to an agreement about the color scheme of a painting before it was completed.

Now we know that color can do magical things. Red and violet stimulate. Blue calms (Tokyo and Glasgow saw crime rates drop when they bathed their streets in blue light–really).

I wonder what my caftans can do.


Photo credit: Meryl Streep in The Post. Photo by Niko Tavernise

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Years ago you used to have a beautifully made white heavy soft
    cotton long sleeve A-line with slits on the sides CAFTAN. I
    purchased two at the time, and wore them both until until they
    were thread bare. I kept sewing & repairing them along the way.

    When might you ever have something LIKE THAT AGAIN !!!
    I keep looking for them. I miss these items in my at home
    wardrobe very much!!! I cannot find one. Can you, and then put
    it in your Catalog again??? I can’t be the only one who would
    love to have them again.

    Thank you!

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