This Fortuny-designed maroon caftan, or djellaba, is based on Asian and North African forms. Fortuny preserves the length of the fabric panels without interruptions of tailoring, not because he is averse to cutting the textile but rather to advance the caftan as an apparel type. As in the traditional Asian garment type, the sleeves of the Fortuny coat extend to cover the wearer's hands.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: [label] "Mariano Fortuny / Venise"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress," December 8, 1994–March 19, 1995.