On Mon, 03 Jul 2000 22:30:04 PDT, "Dmitriy V. Ryaboy"
>Anyone care to explain to the lady what a kaftan is? I would, but don't have
>the resources handy to explain well enough.
Actually, except for the elastic at the waist, that *is* pretty close
to what most Americans call a kaftan. A modern American kaftan does
not have much, if any, resemblance to a period kaftan.
OK, it's not appropriate for sca/renn faires, but it is what is
currently called a kaftan....I've seen them all over. In general use,
a kaftan has come to mean any straight cut, loose fitting garment with
an ethnic cut....I've seen patterns for "kaftans" from the '30's that
look like that one.....