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The Moroccan caftan is a traditional clothing for Moroccan women, it is considered one of the oldest traditional garments in the world belonging to Moroccans.
Its appearance dates back to the 12th century during the time of the Almohad state in Morocco. It is considered a symbol of nobility, elegance, heritage and identity in Morocco, especially on happy occasions such as weddings, henna and circumcision.
In this series of photographs in Las Fotos de los Lectores de La Vanguardia we see Sihame El Khoulani wearing a Dania Events caftan in a photo series in Algeciras.
The caftan was stylized and modified by Moroccan tailors ("Maalem") during the Benimerin dynasty and was the clothing of the kings of the region. It was later adopted by the people as clothing during the Saadi dynasty.
In Morocco, kaftans have been adapted into the modern era as women's clothing and differ substantially from their Turkish counterparts. In fact, the Ottoman Empire never had control over the Moroccans, which is proof that Morocco has had an indigenous caftan.
The Moroccan caftan is unique thanks to both its Persian and Andalusian origins and thanks to Moroccan artisan engineering that developed specificities in major cities, such as Fez (Joher dress), Tetouan (Keswa Lakbira or Chedda Chamalia) and Rabat (Touqida). .