Loose, flowing bohemian gypsy top.
This caftan was made (by me) from vintage silk chiffon sari that was hand-dyed in the bandhani style (see below) and hand-decorated with little multicolored sequins by the Banjara Gypsies in northern India.
Boat neck, off shoulder, lettuce edge.
The kaftan measures 60 inches across (from wrist to wrist), and hangs 21 inches down from the nape of the neck/collarbone.
Wash gently by hand in cold water. Hang to dry. Don't press! Blue silk kimono top.
Bandhani is a tie dyeing style traditionally practiced by rural village people in Gujarat, northwestern India. The word comes from bandha/bandhana, the Sanskrit word for tying and from this the Gujarati term bandhavun, to tie, is derived. Teeny tiny little knots are tied in the fabric. The fabric is then dipped into vats of dye and allowed to dry. Then the knots are removed, revealing intricate patterns on the finished textile.
This is a vintage sari and may have signs of wear such as small, light stains or tiny holes. I do my very best to insure that each piece is as close to perfect as possible, but please remember that they came from saris that have been worn and loved by one or more women. If there is something that is unacceptable to you, that I missed, I will gladly take the piece back.
I purchase saris from a single mother in Delhi, who runs her own business selling vintage and antique fabrics. She acquires these saris from women during trips to remote villages throughout India. In this way, she provides a much-needed income to these villages and to herself and her son. It's very cool being a part of this network!