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Your long time loyalty with Sivana continues to drive us to delight you with our unique assortment that we take great pride in curating for you. Setting your expectations and delivering to our high standard of exceptional customer service, is paramount to our team.

Over the last year and a half, we have navigated through unusual times that continue to bring challenges to how we operate. In recent months, we have been faced with unexpected supply chain hurdles, which inevitably result in product delays. Now with the added tension on global logistics as we move into the holiday season, we will only be able to guarantee Christmas delivery if orders are placed before December 1st. For that reason, we are offering everyone 25% off their order with code: THANKYOU25, as a thank you for shopping and supporting us early on as we continue to navigate through these challenges.

We will continue to release new arrivals throughout the month, but will not be restocking as we move into November. As always thank you for your loyalty.

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What is a Kaftan? History, Modern Styles, & Cultural Significance

A kaftan is a loose and long-flowing garment, often with long, wide sleeves. This piece of clothing has a long and decadent history and was been around since the ancient days of Egypt, Persia, the Ottoman Empire, and Mesopotamia. Traditionally the kaftan (also known as caftan) was only worn by royalty as a symbol of power and status around the 12th century. By the 17th century, these garments had made their way to the middle classes and were also becoming popular in middle eastern and North African countries. While kaftans have long been a staple in the Arabic world, they also made their way into Western fashion in the 19th century. 

Kaftans can be spun from silk, made from bamboo, linen, cotton, or any other kind of flowy fabric. They can be simple pieces for casual day wear or on the beach or ornate as an excellent choice for an evening party. Some kaftans come embellished with detail, others come with printed fabrics, and then there are those that are simple cuts of color. Owning a collection of kaftans is a must for those wanting a wardrobe staple that serves in a thousand different ways. With a rich cultural heritage, an endless array of styles, and breathable, beautiful versatility, here's everything to know about wearing this easy essential garment. 

Types of Kaftans: From Casual to Formal

Traditional Kaftans

Traditional kaftans are often styled on the traditional dress of certain cultures and countries. North Africa, West Africa, Turkey, Morocco, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia - are all examples of places where people may wear traditional kaftans, and the style will vary in each of these spots. 

Bohemian Kaftans

Part of the counter-culture movement popularized in the 1960s and the '70s, bohemian-style kaftans are often made from flowing material and come in a range of bright and bold designs. These kaftans made their way into western culture, sometimes from those who had been soul-searching overseas and carried the kaftan back to the West. Elizabeth Taylor often sported kaftans and even wore a kaftan dress to her wedding to Richard Burton. 

Resort Kaftans

Resort kaftans can be the perfect vacation choice. Easy, lightweight, and breezy - not only will a resort kaftan keep you covered and protected from the sun but it can easily be thrown over a swimsuit too. These beachy-style cotton kaftans are often bright and beautiful and make full use of airy fabrics and classic beachwear styles. 

Formal Kaftans

Formal kaftans can work for special occasions and often share some crossover with evening gowns. From luxurious fabrics to decorative patterns and tailored silhouettes, these kaftans are all about saying yes to opulence and bringing a hint of glamor to the table. Formal kaftans are often made from silks, brocade fabric, and other elegant materials. They can have lavish trims with everything from silver thread to gold thread and other intricate detailing and embellishments. These precious kaftans are often worn for formal functions. 

How to Style a Kaftan: Tips and Ideas for All Occasions

Beach Cover-Ups

Wearing kaftans on the beach is a great way of staying cool and covered all while looking superbly stylish. When sporting a kaftan on the beach, you want to pick a light and breathable fabric and either go for something in white or cream for that billowy Grecian look or opt for a bold tropical print. Of course, pairing with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sandals is one of the best ways to stay beachy beautiful. 

Everyday Casual Wear

Kaftans are comfortable and classy as an everyday casual wear choice. As they are a truly versatile piece, you can pair them with flats, sandals, or even sneakers - not to mention throw in a few easy accessories like belts, scarves, and jewelry. You can even layer up with slim-fit jeans or skinny jeans, leggings, etc. With a wider range of styles and prints to choose from, you can look for caftan styles that suit your mood. From floral patterns to prints from African cultures or more muted shades and styles, you can truly let personal preference play a part. 

Evening Wear

If you want to find kaftans that are better suited to formal occasions like a cocktail party, weddings, religious festivals, or anywhere that calls for a luxurious garment or evening dress - look for rich fabrics, fitted styles, and gorgeous detailing like beading, sequins, and golden thread. You can pair your formal wear kaftan with proper footwear like heels, statement jewelry, and an elegant silk scarf or clutch.

Maternity Wear

There are many things to love about kaftans, but the fact that they are superbly comfortable and a loose-fitting staple makes them an amazing choice for maternity wear. To stay comfortable in your kaftan for women, look for soft, breathable fabrics and waistlines that can be adjusted so your garment grows with your pregnancy. Postpartum, you can also wear kaftans and look for those with button fronts or easy chest access. As maternity wear - loose flowing 

How to Choose the Right Kaftan: Fabric, Length, and Size

Choosing the right kaftan depends on several factors - your own body type, the occasion you are wearing the kaftan for, and personal preference when it comes to style and material. These tips can help.

Fabric - kaftans can be worn in all seasons; however, winter wear may require you to choose heavier materials like jersey or velvet, whereas summertime means breathable materials like linen, cotton, silk, and other lightweight fabrics. 

Length and size - authentic kaftans are often long garments that cover the body, but you can also find shorter kaftans and even kaftan-style tops. When picking your kaftan, knowing your measurements can ensure you get one that fits comfortably  - especially if choosing an ankle-length garment. The type of fit you want will also depend on personal preference - consider whether you want a more fitted silhouette with tight sleeves or if you are looking for a lightweight, loose-fitting garment. 

Style and cut - these ancient garments have been modernized to incorporate a range of colors and cuts. You can also think about the neckline you want from your kaftan (scooped, v-neck, button down) and the type of sleeves (tight sleeves, bell sleeves, wide sleeves). Color and print will also play their part, and again, this depends on occasion and preference. 

DIY Kaftan: How to Make Your Own Kaftan at Home

You can make your own kaftan at home with a few tools and a large piece of fabric. Here are some of the things you will need:

  • Fabric - length, and width will vary depending on your measurements.
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine 
  • Pins
  • Any decorative features like sequins, beads, etc
  1. First, you want to measure and cut the fabric. Start with the length by measuring your body - don't forget to add a few extra inches for hemming.
  2. Second, you can measure the width - extending your arms wide and adding more than necessary so you get a loose and comfortable fit. 
  3. Cut along the lines to create your kaftan shape.
  4. Next, you need to hem the edges - fold over the edges by one inch and then press with an iron so you get a clean line. Fold another inch and press again with an iron. At this point, use pins to secure your hems before using a sewing machine to thread and hem the line.
  5. Measure and cut the neckline using the same hem finish as above. The neckline shape and size will vary depending on what kind of neck you want.
  6. Try on your kaftan and make necessary adjustments with the sewing machine to the sleeves, length, and neck. 
  7. Now you have the basic shape of your kaftan; you can experiment with detailing and embellishments.

Where to Buy Kaftans: Online and In-Store Options

There are many places you can buy kaftans - whether you want an online experience or to visit a brick-and-mortar store. Look for online retailers that have solid reviews, a great variety, and whose values align with your own for a seamless shopping experience. Sivana ticks all the boxes with a beautiful range of kaftans, a commitment to giving back to the wider community, and an easy returns and exchange policy. 

How to Care for Your Kaftan

Caring for your kaftan will vary depending on the material, which is why you should always read the label or the care instructions that come with your garment. As most kaftans are made from natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen, or bamboo, you may want to stick to a gentle wash cycle or even handwash for peace of mind. Avoid using harsh chemicals and, instead, opt for a mild detergent. After washing, lay your kaftan flat to dry naturally and avoid hanging it, as this can cause the shape to stretch and change. Also, avoid leaving it in direct sunlight. 

Conclusion: Why Kaftans are a Must-Have in Your Wardrobe

Kaftans are a great addition to any wardrobe. There are many reasons why this ancient garment has stood the test of time. Versatile, comfortable, and with many different styles to choose from, the kaftan is forever flattering and can hold its own either against a sun and sand background or at an elegant soiree. 


What is the purpose of a kaftan?

A kaftan can be worn for fashion reasons or is a popular choice for hot and humid climates or in cultures where modesty is important. As they are a versatile fashion choice, you can wear kaftans on both casual and more formal occasions depending on the style.

Who should wear kaftans?

Anyone can wear kaftans. They are a popular choice of dress for all genders. As kaftans are comfortable and versatile, they also suit all body types, shapes, and sizes. People choose to wear kaftans on the beach or in hot climates for a comfortable cover-up.

Do Muslims wear kaftans?

The kaftan has long been a cultural dress choice for various Islamic cultures and for many centuries. They are often worn by men and women in the Middle East and other places where modest dress may be encouraged. 

Do you wear clothes under a kaftan?

Depending on the season, the material, and the kaftan in question - you can wear clothes under a kaftan. This may be necessary if you have a lightweight and slightly see-through or thin material kaftan. Heavier kaftans made of silk or velvet can usually be worn without extra layers beneath.



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