Kalamkari & Voile Reversible Cotton Robe; Chilli Red & Turmeric
A long generously cut robe or duster coat with side pockets and very full bishop sleeves gathered into fitted cuffs. Shawl collar and raglan shoulder seams. Delicate hand shell-tucked hem finish to both layers. Can be worn loose, or drawn in at at the waist with the long sash, finished with silky tassels.
This is a completely reversible double-sided cotton robe that can be worn with either face outwards. It is slightly weightier than our wool robes, the ideal coat for a Spring day or cooler summer evening. One face is created from a medium weight vintage block printed kalamkari with a splashy floral design in chilli red, paprika and golden turmeric tones. The obverse side is an Indian cartouche and stylised foliage sprig design in the same palette on a semi sheer cotton voile with a woven fine checked rib texture running through it. Created from a complementary pair of carefully selected 100% pure cotton vintage saris.
The ingredients Please be aware that these unique pieces are created from vintage textiles, which have had a previous life, so consequently there may be the odd very minor smudge to the surface. These in no way impinge on their beauty, and you can be sure that they do not compromise the integrity of the material. Our saris are cleaned and checked for flaws prior to making, and we cut around any significant marks.
Any area of actual damage or thinning is repaired with a little embroidered patch using a visible mending technique (one of my favourite features!), and this is always clearly mentioned in the description. These should be seen as an enhancement to the garment, and a sign of the textile's previous life and history.
This is a deliberate choice to fit in with our ethos of creating beautiful garments with minimal impact on the planet.
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Sizing As the fit of all these garments is meant to be loose and fluid it provides a fair bit of flexibility on sizing.
For this particular robe, I have designated it a medium to large ... The generous cut and deliberately relaxed fit means that it would work very well for the UK size range 12 to 18.
I have given the actual garment measurements below so you can ascertain for yourself how it will work with your own measurements. Remember to double the bodice figures to give maximum circumferences, and that these pieces are meant to be loose fitting, so allow a generous amount of room over your particular body measurements
Underarm to underarm, laid flat; 63cms / 26”
Waist, laid flat; 71cms/ 28
Nape to hem loose; 137cms/ 54”
Shown on a UK size 12 tailors mannequin
Construction The robe is fully reversible.
As with all of the Brighton Bohemian pieces, the quality of the finish is paramount, with French and bound seams throughout (no overlocking) to ensure both a comfortable wear and a long life.
This piece is created from vintage 100% cotton saris. The design is very considered, with the cut engineered to make the best use of the various areas of beautiful printed design on the saris. I will spend some hours before cutting trying out different pattern layouts to ensure the most pleasing finished effect.
Care; These 100% cotton robes can be dry-cleaned, or can be hand washed in tepid water and left to drip dry naturally. They should be pressed with a warm iron when dry.
Sustainability Every time a Brighton Bohemian piece is purchased a donation is made via Ecologi to fund the planting of 10 trees and make a positive net contribution to combatting climate change. The trees are environmentally high value and part of gold standard schemes designed and managed to benefit local communities.
Packaging Dresses are dispatched in acid free tissue paper and recyclable cardboard boxes sealed with kraft paper eco tape. These are placed inside pouches for weather protection during transit which are made entirely from an environmentally friendly compostable bio-plastic created from sugar-cane.