Kaftan uit Palmhoutwrak

The closure of the kaftan

The oriental kaftan, found in a seventeenth-century shipwreck that lies on the bottom of the Wadden Sea. Hundreds of unique objects have been found in this so-called Palmwood wreck, including an extremely unusual collection of textile. This wardrobe contains mostly western clothing; however, scientists from the School of Historical Dress in London have identified this garment as an oriental kaftan. Due to the small size, the scientists think that this kaftan belonged to a woman or a child.

Traditional garment

A kaftan is a traditional garment from the Middle-East, worn by men and women in the seventeenth century. The patterns on this luxurious silk kaftan show many similarities with clothing patterns used by Ottoman tailors. The style with large silver buttons is Persian. The luxurious fabric, large buttons and expensive dyes suggest a wealthy owner. The fibers of the garment are extremely vulnerable.


The oriental kaftan is momentarily being examined by an international team of scientists, which is why this top piece is not being displayed in the museum at the moment. In the exhibition Diving in Details, you can follow the research of the surfaced treasures from the Palmwood wreck. On a large touchscreen, you can choose from stories, photos and background information. The research will be completed in 2021, at which time the objects from the wreck will be exhibited in the museum.

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