Moroccan Caftans and Moroccan Takchitas are pretty similar in looks, even the bigger non-Moroccan designers tend to refer to both as Caftans confusing between the two, but not Moroccan women. while both can be used in celebrations and holidays, Takchitas lean more towards the fancy type, being a more complicated and detail/accessories-oriented dress. throughout this article we will present you a couple of differences between these two garments that everyone interested by the subject should know.
While we can trace the Kaftan origins to older cultures and societies, the Takchita is a 100% Moroccan Dress, a modern version of the Moroccan caftan, revisited by Moroccan stylists, allowing the caftan to be explored, redefined and exported all over the world thanks to new modern forms. The Takchita is therefore a dress born in Morocco and which allowed the caftan to escape around the world by adopting new forms all in modernity.
History tells us that it is Sultan Ahmed Mansour Eddhabi who is at the origin of this version, and yes still a man who revolutionized a feminine outfit: Ahmad al-Mansour who is called Ad-Dhahbi («the golden one» in Arabic) is the sixth sultan of the Saadian dynasty, in Morocco. He is the one who introduced the idea of superimposing a transparent tunic on the caftan which gave life to: the Takchita.
Moroccan kaftans are long dresses that can be plain, striped, or decorated with elegant and delicate embroidery. Made with a huge variety of colors, fabrics and patterns. Unlike caftans, Takchitas are most often according to the tradition consisting of two pieces, the one below which is more commonly called the “tahtiya” a kind of caftan, long and basic garment with no ornaments used as a first layer, and the “fouqia/or dfina” which is the part found above and which is often open and transparent with a lot of beautiful embroidery, beading and ornaments that often buttons up the front using the traditional sfifa and akaad closures. Nowadays, at the time of creativity and mixtures it can be seen to consist of two to four or even five pieces.
Other than that, we can spot another major difference in the accessories, as the Takchita is worn with a belt known as the Mdamma, made of silk, gold or silver and adorned with precious stones, tightening the dress and giving it that majestic look. When it comes to Takchita there are endless style options, after all the whole dress was made to add a touch of modernity and creativity to the Kaftan.
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