Belly Dance Pattern #29 - Cemiyeh's Caftan by Atira
The traditional caftan is long, coat like garment with long sleeves worn throughout the countries near the Eastern Mediterranean. Usually made of beautiful fabric in striped or brocaded silk, velvet or cotton. It maybe held by a cummerbund or hizaam wrapped around the waist. The sides may be left open to the hip and worn over harem pants, or sewn closed and worn alone. The bottom neckline and sleeve edges may be trimmed with woven braid or embroidery. A fun variation: Trim with multi-colored ribbon streamers sewn across the shoulders, the ends hanging loose at front and back. Separate cutting lines for small, medium, and large given on the same pattern.