Kaftans & Tunics

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A kaftan or caftan ( قفطان qaftân) is a type of the robe or tunic that has been worn from time immemmorial. The kaftan is often worn as a coat, usually reaching to the ankles, with long sleeves - it is not a fitted dress but usually fits loose. It can be made of wool, cashmere, silk, or cotton, and may be worn with a sash. It is said that the Kaftan is of ancient Mesopotamian origin. Through its dissemination and evolution, the kaftan has acquired different styles, purposes, and names depending on the culture. In many regions with a warm climate, the kaftan is worn as a light-weight, loose-fitting garment. The kaftan has served as a symbol of royalty in some cultures and as a symbol of marriage in others during some parts of history. Today's women wear Kaftans as a symbol of style. They are versatile, comfotable & stylish. In the tropical countries, these are made from cotton, light weight silk & other easy to wear garments. Since they are quite airy, they are easy to wear during even peak summers. Tunics is a generic term, in the sense, Kaftan is a type of tunic. India's answer to tunics is anarkalis, kurtas & kurtis.In the west, Tunic dresses are quite popular.