|Mallorca||Old cotton||Early/mid 20th Century|
Mila is the perfect summer kaftan. It was created as sleepwear but it would be a shame not to enjoy it by the sea. It is a garment without fireworks but full of small details that are worth discovering little by little. Like the set of pin-tucks that runs all the way across the chest, growing from the shoulders to the button line. This button line has been delicately decorated with a beautiful floral embroidery that runs around the neckline. You'll love it. It ends in a beak in the back. And don’t forget to admire the French sleeve that widens at the end. It reminds us to a kimono.
This is a very special garment, a design that we have never found on the island before and that denotes the great personality of its previous owner. We have also opened the sides to reduce its stiffness, so that it can move freely when you walk.
The Mila dress is in perfect condition.
Best fits for M/L sizes.
Model is 176 cm tall and she usually wears tops size M.
The garments we offer are all at least 70 or 80 years old, some even more than one hundred. They are all from rural Mallorca, from those dowries which someone first embroidered years ago and were later stored in a trunk and forgotten about.
They are all simple items, hand-made and mainly white. All have tiny details such as embroideries which make them extremely special. You may find two blouses which look similar, but none are exactly the same. Several are embroidered with the initials or first name of the pieces' original owner.
We have searched the island from market to market, home to home, for the most beautiful blouses and gowns you can imagine. We have found old cotton and linen. Durable, fresh and breathable fabrics which are ideal to become your standard Summer wear.
All the garments you will find here have been completely restored. The process starts at the hands of an expert embroiderer who has carefully mended any imperfections it may have suffered over time. We really want our hemstitches, embossing and loop stitching to look as good as it did on the very first day it was worn.
Next, the garments undergo a rigorous cleaning process to remove any hard staining from rust or damp. Please take into account that you may still find a loose thread or some patching or tiny staining that refuses to budge (don't worry we will tell you about it first). We believe that these slight imperfections aren't bad, in fact, they are part of the history of the piece.
We assure you that nothing makes you feel as unique as wearing a unique piece of clothing like these ones, being able to imagine who tailored it for its original owner and now for you. Where did she live? What was her story? Or even better, to imagine that maybe it was worn at a particularly important event or time in her life. This, we believe, is quite magical.
Our garments have survived until today because the thread originally used to make them is so resistant. To keep them in their best condition possible, we recommend you do not wash at more than 30º, nor use fabric conditioner and only allow a medium spin. For an easier ironing, do it when the garment is still a bit wet.