A kaftan or caftan (; Arabic: قفطان qafṭān) is a variant of the robe or tunic, and has been worn in a number of cultures around the world for thousands of years. In Russian usage, kaftan instead refers to a style of men’s long suit with tight sleeves. Used by many Middle Eastern ethnic groups, the kaftan is ancient Mesopotamian in origin. It may be made of wool, cashmere, silk, or cotton, and may be worn with a sash.
Styles, uses, and names for the kaftan vary from culture to culture. The kaftan is often worn as a coat or as an overdress, usually having long sleeves and reaching to the ankles. In regions with a warm climate, it is worn as a light-weight, loose-fitting garment. In some cultures, the kaftan has served as a symbol of royalty.
alternative spelling of kaftan
A long tunic worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.
A long dress or shirt similar in style to those worn in the Eastern Mediterranean.
a man’s long belted tunic, worn in countries of the Near East.
a woman’s long loose dress.
a loose shirt or top.