Saturday, June 11, 2016


Ethereal Draped Kaftan Dress
Archive works July 2015

Up-cycled printed and embroidered silks
Rustic wool embroideries

Entirely hand-stitched

Picholine is the name of green olive variety from the south of France , where I lived .
I like this name , it is singing :)

I can imagine this kaftan dress , made in a thin silk , floating in the Mistral ( wind from the South of France ) , under the wonderful hundred-year-old olive trees ....

Under the ethereal silk printed and embroidered , a base dress in silk too , in another green olive shade . This base does is entirely hand-stitched .
The length from the elastic hem under the arms to the bottom : 48"

The arm holes are on the top of  elbows
Inside they are lined with the same silk used for the base dress .

Borders are hand-stitched with a green cotton thread .
Decorative wool embroideries all around.

Delicate flowers printed on the back .
The length of the kaftan is asymmetric , between 53" to 56"

The panel draped , in silk , shades black , gold , brown , dark olive, with metallic embroideries.

The final touch , in total harmony with the dress , a necklace .
A long sautoir , made with different varieties of beads :
Lampwork glass beads from India .
Recycled glass beads from Africa.
Ceramic glass beads from a French artisan .

The neckline is asymmetric , ornate with wool embroideries .

The pictures are static . We cannot see the fluidity of this kaftan .
But when it is worn , it is floating and moving beautifully around the body .
I wanted ,when I created it, to preserve the elegance of the draped sari .
I wanted to preserve its roots .

Sautoir necklace incorporated .
Lamp work glass beads , ceramic beads , African beads

Colors and Light may vary depending your screen.
Sometimes marking , irregularities or imperfect embroideries , condition maybe apparent .
This should not be considered as imperfection and are the characteristic of vintage materials.

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Jenny Eve