bride's kaftan

 
Nationality
Moroccan
Creation date
Materials
silk velvet embroidered with metallic threads
Dimensions
L: 53 1/2 in.
Credit line
Roger G. Wolcott Fund
Accession number
2003.53
Collection
Not Currently On View

In many North African countries, lavishly embroidered red or purple kaftans were worn during the wedding ceremony. The bride would have worn several layers of clothing under her kaftan. The wedding celebration often lasted seven days, and she would have had many garments to wear during the course of the celebrations.

The purple velvet, fine gold thread embroidery, and beautifully finished lining of this kaftan are evidence that it belonged to a very wealthy bride.

(Ivo Grammet, Morocco); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2003.
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