Spirituality is the ability to see the touch of the divine within all things. No matter what you call it -immanence, pantheism or whatever- the concept is clear: everything is holy, has value, and demands attention to its specific properties and qualities. This is the philosophy of Holy Caftan: we respect the fabrics of our clothes, the tools we use to make them, the people who make them.
The project is closely tied to southern italian history and craftsmanship, and it is inspired by research on its bridal and priest's trousseaus. The choice of yarns, combinations of colours, patterns in relief or in transparency, shapes and symbols were the first elements used to embellish textiles, making them unique. The ancient art of embroidery in the Mediterranean Sea offers a variety of technical and decorative patterns that confirm the natural contamination related to movement in people and manufactures within the basin. Holy Caftan rediscovers the rigorous elegance of this tradition, focusing in particular on the monochromatic works of Italian and Spanish seventeenth century embroidery.