A caftan is a loose, draped garment that's worn like a long tunic or a dress down to the ankles. Spending a day at the beach? You might want to bring a caftan to throw on over your bathing suit!
Various groups of Middle Easterners have worn caftans (also spelled kaftan), going back as far as ancient Mesopotamia. A caftan's fabric depends on the climate — in warm countries, they're made of lightweight cotton or silk, while in cooler places, caftans might be made of wool, often worn as heavy coats over other clothing. During the mid-20th century, caftans became stylish in the U.S., and by the 1970s, they were associated with the hippie counterculture.