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After giving much thought to producing a productive and useful article on plus size and ethnic fashions, I came up with this. The caftan tradition was particularly elaborate in the imperial wardrobes of the 16th Ottoman Empire in Anatolian Turkey. Caftans of varying lengths were made from rich satins, velvets and silks, shot through with metallic threads to be worn by courtiers to indicate status. Men s caftans often had gores added, causing the caftan to flare at the bottom, while women s garments were more closely fitted. Women were more likely to add sashes or belts. A sultan and his courtiers might layer two or three caftans with varying length sleeves for ceremonial functions. An inner short sleeved caftan, was usually secured with an embroidered sash or jeweled belt, while the outer caftan could have slits at the shoulder through which the wearer s arms were thrust to display the sleeves (sometimes with detachable expansions) of the inner caftan to show off the contrasting fabrics of the garments. The Tatar Mongol invasion led to a break in the contacts with Western Europe, and the immediate proximity with Turkic speaking peoples led to a change in the form of Russian dress. Rashpatnyi clothing with a slit in front from top to bottom appeared, and men wore broad trousers. One must say at once that, even after having borrowed the cut, terminology, and certain elements of this foreign dress, Russians never lost their own national identity when it came to clothing. A good example of this is the caftan, a type of wide opening garment with a deep wrap over, worn by both men and women. In parts of West Africa, the practice of layering robes to express the aesthetic principle of “bigness” in leadership dress and the giving of “robes of honor” is shared with the Ottoman tradition.
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