Kaftans & Boubou Dresses from Black Owned Brands

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Updated September 8, 2023

The kaftan, also spelled caftan has been around for thousands of years.  Kaftans are known to be loose fitting tunics that are collarless. They may be tops, maxi, or shorter dresses. Boubou dresses (also known as bubu) originate from west Africa. They are made from diverse textiles using one piece of fabric, that is folded in half in making the garment. Both come in many varieties such as cover ups or house robes, and as casual or formal wear.  In this post, you will find this variety with kaftans and boubou dresses from black owned brands.

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  • Alkebulan Lifestyle (advertisement) offers a variety of kaftans. These include chiffon Moroccan beaded kaftans, and African tribal kaftans.  

  • Eveth’s Fashion (advertisement) has a diverse selection of kaftans that include midi and maxi dresses, solids, and diverse prints. 

  • Modern Africa (advertisement) has a large and diverse selections of kaftans in several textiles.   

  • Priceless Culture (advertisement) has a selection of plus size kaftans in a variety of African prints.  These include tops and dresses.   

  • Ocacia  has a maxi, Hidiyah Abaya black kaftan with hand made embroidery. 

  • Sai Sankoh has a large selection of culturally inspired kaftans in rich color patterns. 

In reviewing these kaftans, I hope you find one or more that work for you.

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You can learn more about kaftans and boubou dresses from the following sources.

  1. Fincher, Tayana.  13 October, 2020. “West African Boubou.” West African Boubou – The Fashion and Race Database™
  2. “Kaftan.”  9 March, 2022.  kaftan | Fashion History Timeline (fitnyc.edu)
  3. “Kaftan.” Kaftan – Wikipedia
  4. Rabine, Leslie W. “Boubou.”  Boubou | LoveToKnow

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