The striking pure silk fabric features a paisley design in gorgeous colours. The colours of this coat are wonderful and vibrant and includes beige, orange and purple.
There is ethnic emroidered gold detailing around the neckline and front of the coat and also at the bottom of the sleeves. The sleeves are long and generous and have embroidery detailing at the cuffs. The lining is pure silk and a gorgeous vibrant orange. Perfect for the boho/retro/tribal/world look.
This coat is a real statement piece for someone who likes something a bit different. A really fabulous coat and very bohemian. I really love this coat its one of the nicest of this type of coat i have come across. This is a vintage /antique handmade item from around 1920s to 1930s.The item has been cleaned and is in very good vintage condition for its age. It is a very old traditional item and has been worn and loved in its country of origin and then starred in theatre productions. It is therefore not pristine but is in remarkable condition for its age and is a real collectors piece.
As this is an antique piece there is the odd blemish. Even with this, it does not distract from the beauty of this amazing coat. Please remember it is an antique piece. Some slight marks and discolouration to lining.Embroidered trim a little worn in places. Pit to pit: 27 inches. Chest up to 54 inches. This piece is made from pure silk and embroidery trim. Ideally this coat should be specialist dry cleaned only, if ever required.
The dyes and fabrics used in these types of traditional garments are not like modern fibres and dyes and do not match well with washing machines and modern harsh washing detergents. Sometimes the dyes used are not as colourfast as modern commercially produced dyes. Strongly advise not to wash either by machine or hand. The item can be aired to freshen it up between wearing. Any spills are best just gently wiped off carefully straight away with a slightly damp cloth.
Please remember this is an antique item. Handle gently and take care with jewellery and rough surfaces. Keep away from fire and open flames.Mijkra is a uk based artist/photographer and designer creating and sourcing unique original pieces in a converted stable/barn in the heart of oxfordshire and in the back of a vintage campervan. This store, hosted by etsy, will showcase and sell a range of unique artisan bohemian hand created clothing, art to wear, accessories, jewellery and homeware, remodelled couture, up cycled vintage, unique vintage items and a selection of my original artworks. Please browse my other items. All the items are unique, individual and one off pieces, and are a mix of new handmade, remodelled couture (new or vintage), up cycled vintage items or pure vintage original pieces. Additional note on vintage items.
The beautiful vintage and remodelled vintage pieces are handmade and/or vintage items and there might be some slight irregularities. These add to the unique charm of the exquisite pieces and do not distract from the beauty of the items.
All vintage items are carefully selected, dry-cleaned or hand washed in gentle eco-friendly detergent and repaired where deemed necessary before these are added to the shop and are in good vintage condition. Throwaway garments contribute more to climate change than air and sea travel. If trends continue, the industry couldaccount for a quarter of the world's carbon budget by 2050. Annually, greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production globally total over 1.2 billion tonnes of co2equivalent. 20% of water pollution comes from the treatment and dying of textiles for fashion, in addition to the vast amounts of water and resources used in production.Takes 2,700 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt. Disposing of clothing and textiles costs the uk alone about 82m a year, according to a government-backed study and we are running out of space in our landfill sites. In recent years, many of our textiles produced are synthetic and based on plastic and petrolium related substances which not only are non bio degradable but also use large quantities of energy and polluting chemicals in their production.
Mass produced fast fashion comes with a social as well as an environmental cost with low-paid workers overseas unable to provide for their families and poor working conditions. The added bonus is that vintage pieces are unique, well made, cut beautifully to fit our shapes, use fantastic fabrics and gorgeous colours re-loved clothing need not be second hand grunge. It can also be beautiful, colourful and high quality. Vintage clothing was well made and made to last.If these items are well cared for they will last for many years (maybe many generations) to come. Look good and do good. No single use plastics are used in my "production" and packaging process and all waste generated is either recycled or reused. I request that my suppliers do not use plastic packaging and also use recycled materials where possible. For my packaging, i use quality decorative cardboard boxes (from sustainable sources) which can be reused as storage boxes, acid free tissue paper and recycled or vintage lace, textiles or ribbon. Apart from cellotape, no plastic is used in my packaging.
Washing products are selected for environmental kindness (as well as kindness to clothes) and all use either non plastic or recycled plastic for their packaging. All are plant based eco products and are not tested on animals.Where possible natural traditional recipes and methods using plant based ingredients are used for stain removal and moth prevention and workspace cleaning. All vintage items are hand washed in cold or cool water then air dried. Washing machines and tumble driers are not used in the preparation of my vintage items. Many of the fabrics used in those eras do not require ironing.
My vintage workspace and storage area has no electric lighting and all processing is done during daylight hours (also better for the clothes and to see properly). Our vehicle used on vintage hunting expeditions is a vintage 30 year old campervan. This is run using biofuel from sustainable sources and kept on the road using recycled parts from our local family owned salvage yard. The interior is crafted from recycled materials and fabrics. She is pink, covered in retro 70s style flower power designs and has eyelashes.
Due to the nature of vintage, it cannot be guaranteed that the clothes were not previously exposed to allergens however all my vintage clothing is carefully washed before these enter my vintage workspace. The main products used in the processing of the vintage pieces are. Initial treatment and fumigation for months/insects/germs. Keeping them fresh in storage.
I have always loved vintage and have collected and cared for vintage clothing for over 30 years. I particularly love the 1960s and 70s. Colours and patterns were bold and bright.
Designers and makers in that era knew how to cut and design clothes that were flattering, emphasising your shape, feminine and stylish. After collecting vintage for 30 years i was very aware of the common issues around trying to get quality, well cared for pieces and that "vintage smell" was off putting to people that would otherwise love to wear vintage items.Or the zip does not work. Then there is that smell. That specific weird musty vintage smell that pervades everything and seems to never really go away. And then when you finally open that package. About a year ago i decided to try and do something unique and different with vintage clothing. I felt that people purchasing vintage should have a quality item that is sourced and prepared with love and care, carefully and beautifully wrapped and is clean, sweet smelling and ready to wear. Purchasing and receiving a unique piece of vintage should be a special and enjoyable experience. To find and wear a beautiful vintage peace should be like a receiving a special gift - a gift from the past. And a beautiful piece of cultural history to be loved and cherished for years to come. In order to bring you my collection of fabulous true vintage ready to wear pieces, the process of "production" is quite lengthy and labour intensive. Sourcing quality vintage; many of my items have been collected by me over many years. I take great effort to ensure i source really good quality items with no or minimal flaws. Initial quarantine and fumigation: all new items sourced are put into a separate room and treated/fumigated using natural ancient traditional remedies. This includes burning of resins, incence and oils which include: sandalwood, lavender, frankinsense, white sage, cedar wood.
This eliminates any moths, other insects and is also antibacterial and helps the elimination of that vintage smell. The clothes remain in this room for a week. Washing; the washing area is a separate room in my house. All items are individually hand washed separately in cool water (using eco friendly products) and conditioned at least 3 times before being air dried. The pieces are then air dried and aired for several days.Ironing and inspection: each piece is then ironed (also helps to eliminate any remaining moth eggs) and is treated with organic lavender spray. Whilst being ironed the piece is inspected for any stains or damage. Damaged items are set aside and either rejected or repaired. Stain removal: any items that have remaining stains after the initial washing are set aside for a stain removal process back in the washing area. Depending on the stain and the fabric, this can either be quite quick or can take several days or weeks and several different treatments. It is not uncommon for vintage items to have 50 year old coffee, wine or food stains. Wherever possible, natural methods are used in preference to harsh commercial products which can damage the fabrics (and the environment).
After all stains have been removed, the pieces are then washed again, air dried and ironed/ inspected again. Quite a few items will be rejected during these initial stages. Airing: after ironing, the pieces are then aired either outside or in a warm dry room (depending on weather) the pieces are aired for at least a week before entering my main vintage area.If after airing, any trace of vintage smell remains, the items go back to the beginning. In some types of fabrics, the vintage smell can be difficult to remove and does require time, patience and lots of washing.
Inspection: the zip is checked snd buttons inspected. Garments are then fully laid flat and carefully inspected for any other issues not picked up previously. Some minor repairs may be done at this stage. The room is regularly aired, and natural products are used to keep the vintage items fresh and deter months.No untreated or unwashed items go into this room. Vintage items more often than not no longer have their original belts (although many of mine do). For some items, i have specifically sourced a vintage or vintage style belt to go with a particular vintage piece.
If this is the case, it will be specified in the description and is included with the item. Belts are not always included (sometimes used for photography/styling purposes) but please see listings for specifics. Photography and listing: i try and take photographs that accurately reflect the colours, design and style of the item. Each item is photographed from all angles including close up to show fabric pattern and texture.
All photography is done in natural daylight either outside or a special area in my "vintage room". Usually they will be photographed on a mannequin or sometimes on a person. I do not pin or clip the clothes on the mannequin as this can damage the item.
I try and add as many details as possible in each description of the item. Where possible, i will include any history of the actual piece (if known) and details of maker/designer including useful links to further information. For my packaging, i use quality decorative cardboard boxes (no plastic used) which can be reused by you as storage boxes. This item is made of silk and embroidery trim.