ARCHIVE - Pre 1920s Original Black & Gold Egyptian Assuit Kaftan

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This spectacular late 1910s - 1920 Egyptian hammered silver Assuit kaftan is a rare and extremely collectable piece. The line of the kaftan is soft and fluid with long wide set sleeves and full volumes of fabric that flare out from the bust with an ankle length hemline. The gold tinted silver-work is arranged in meticulous detail into a bold geometric textile and vertical linear design. Made to be loose fitting this sensational piece is for the serious collector and would best suit a US size 4-6, UK size 8-10 due to the petite bust measurement. In absolutely beautiful antique condition, we have counted around half a dozen tiny to small beaks in the tulle to side and back panels which in no way detract from this important antique textile. They are very hard to spot except on close inspection and are difficult to photograph. We have priced to reflect this.

BUST - 32 in. (81.28 cm)

WAIST - 48 in. (121.92 cm)

HIP - 50 in. (127 cm)


This kaftan pre-dates 1922 with the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb and the subsequent years when the fashion for all things Egyptian reached its zenith until 1926. Many later 1920s Assiut fabrics feature coptic symbols which is indicative of fabric produced for export. Assiut fabric was fashioned into exotic shawls, dresses and jackets during the flapper era worldwide and demand was insatiable. This ancient metal embroidery technique, Ottoman in origin, gradually spread south to Egypt and hence earlier pieces are generally geometric in design; each fragment of metalwork has been individually hammered into the soft black cotton tulle.


Will you set anything aside for me before I come?

We are happy to find anything you may be interested in from our website - please let us know a week in advance. 

We also have an extensive offline collection. If you let us know your size, style, favourite colour to wear and perhaps your budget, we can browse through our archive in advance of your appointment. 

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Clients may wish to bring modern shapewear when trying on garments from certain eras, especially the 1950s. Vintage clothing was often worn with undergarments that shaped the waist and as such is tailored for them.

We have a huge variety of slip dresses and petticoats to complete your look; many of which are also for sale.

You may also wish to bring your favourite footwear. We often find a classic pair of nude shoes work well when trying on, or a pair in gold or silver.

Do you have a price range?

Many of our lower-priced pieces (under £150) are not available to buy online. Our prices range from £80 - £600 for separates. Dresses start at around £150 and go up to £2,500 for the very best antique pieces and designer vintage. Our bridalwear ranges from £300 - £3,000.

Can I bring anyone with me?

Yes but please do let us know the size of your party in advance.

Where can I get alterations?

We offer some alterations in house. Should you need alterations we cannot provide, we can refer you to one of our tried and trusted tailors.

Do you have an after-care service?

We will advise you on the best way to clean and preserve your vintage pieces and can also recommend trusted local dry cleaners.

Can I cancel my appointment?

You are free to cancel but please do give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your appointment, you will be invoiced a late cancellation fee of £25.

Where's the showroom?

Our address is Circa Vintage, 87A Lansdowne Way London SW8 2PB

Upon arrival, buzz the 87A button on the gate or call us 020 7736 5038 to let you in.

Do you have parking?

We offer free, secure, off-street parking but it is a tight squeeze – so do let us know in advance if you will be needing this and we can make sure that there is space available.

How do I get there by public transport?


Stockwell (7 min walk) - Northern and Victoria Lines

Nine Elms (9 min walk) – Northern Line


Wandsworth Road (13 min walk) – Westbound to Clapham Junction / Eastbound to Dalston Junction

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, credit/debit card, bank transfer, contactless, Paypal