Caftan – huh?

The blurb with this piece reads:

Cossack costume? (Etruscan, Tartar, Mongolian?) No, it’s simply a crochet wool caftan — a guaranteed party stopper.

Party stopper indeed as everyone flees in horror when this guy comes into the party!

And yes, I had to look it up – caftan means:

  1. a long garment having long sleeves and tied at the waist by a girdle, worn under a coat in the Middle East (or)
  2. a long, full, usually collarless robe with wide sleeves that is worn at home for lounging or entertaining or at the beach as a cover-up

Scratching your head too?  Good because I’m not sure what party this would be a stopper at!

Thanks to one of our faithful readers for sending this one in – it’s from Creative Crochet and it’s circa 1970s which could explain the crazy of this garment…maybe.

23 Responses to “Caftan – huh?”

  1. if you removed it, would he be de-caftan-ated??

  2. Ya know… I don’t think it being from the 70s would make any difference. They may have had some wild designs back then, but… not like this.

  3. well i’m from north africa and this is nothing like a caftan God preserves ! 😀

  4. That is one of the ugliest garments I have ever seen. Also, just look at all the kid’s sweaters or even potholders that could be made from all that yarn.

  5. That dude would probably be a hit
    as entertainment for a children’s party

  6. In my college days, I went to a very few parties where that would have been a huge hit. There was… a great deal of substance abuse going on….
    I left early. It was not my scene.

  7. My god… how could you NOT make that??? I’m positive I could find a use for it. Idea #1, revenge on my toddler for eating my cell phone battery this morning. Idea #2, my ten year high school reunion is coming up. Idea #3, traffic court. The possibilities are endless.

  8. Somebody was smoking something you don’t by at the local grocery store… This is hilarious!!

  9. I know! You could wear it to get out of jury duty!

  10. The real reason the Viking Age ended…

  11. ya, it was in a sunset crochet and craft book i got at a used booksale. most of the patterns were pretty cute and then i flip to the back and here is this picture. now here was my face >.>! i knew it was destined for fug fame

  12. I didn’t know crystal meth was popular in the 70s! Such an educational blog. Now excuse me. I must go make an octopus tentacle skirt. Mine is going to have *actual working suction cups*, though. You know, I won’t even have to pay for yarn as I am sure Lion Brand will not only buy the pattern, but also supply me with it for life! 😀 I am on the road to greatness!!

  13. It looks like someone started to make a Spartacus/Ben Hur/Life of Brian costume and it turned out too big.

  14. This would make an interesting Hallowe’en costume…

    …just shaking my head that someone (would) put that much effort into making this monstrosity!

  15. I also have the original book. It’s worth noting that the photo was illustrating wearable crochet art. No pattern was provided.

  16. I love how his body language is giving a jolly “Hoi!” but his face is saying “…guuuuuuuys?”

  17. David celebrates his victory over Goliath by donning the loser’s armor and doing his happy dance.

  18. This thing is awesome. It’s like a cartoon come to life. Art, people, art! It’s not the same thing as plain old clothes.

  19. er … it kind of looks like a midget in a warrior costume … if the bloke wearing it was about twice as big, or the “Kaftan” was half the size – it might make a good elf/fantasy/viking/whatever costume for a party or role playing … but in that photo all it looks like is “oops – I think it turned out 5 sizes too big”


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