Table of Contents
- Shira's Costuming Corner. It's here on Shira.net, but if you missed it, take a look now!
- Omphalo Stepses. Instructions for making
several costume items, including circular veil, pantaloons, Turkish-Macedonian
vest, anyut (baladi chemise), and more.
- Elaine's Page. Offers instructions for making
a circle skirt, a panel skirt, a flounced skirt, a two-thirds
circular veil, and a headband made from scraps.
- Tala's Middle Eastern Dance Homepage. Online
patterns for Ghawazee coat, shalwar, blouse, and hip belt.
with Kashmir. Instructions on how to make a circle skirt,
how to make harem pants, and how to make a Khaleegy thobe.
- Middle Eastern Dance. Instructions for making
a bead/sequin crown like the Egyptian ones that were popular
in the 1990's, information describing options for shirts and
bras, instructions for making several styles of belts (tassels,
coin, bead/sequin), and a description of different types of jewelry
- Meira, the Joyful Dancer. Instructions for
making crocheted hand covers, dresses and tunics, coin and bead
trim for hip scarves, and necklaces. Also instructions on how
to make a headdress for the Guedra ritual of the Tuareg Blue
People in Morocco.
Designs. Sells assorted belly dancing costumes, both sparkly
and folkloric. Also includes several articles that Shelly (the
owner of Bab's) wrote for the Canadian magazine MID-Bits, including
recommendations for costume design for different body types,
care and cleaning of costumes, suggestions for getting the most
out of your costume budget, how to make a simple bra/belt skirt
costume, and tips for a student costume.
- Celebrations Bellydance by Nita Collins.
Instructions on how to make circle skirt, pantaloons, straight
skirt, handkerchief skirt, and baladi dress. Also comments on
underwear, see-through fabrics, and lingerie pieces.
- Ruric-Amira. Includes articles with advice
on making circle skirts and folkloric baladi dresses.
- Seven Veils: A UK Belly Dance Web Site. Tells
how to make your own costume bra and circle skirt.
Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. Has instructions for making
harem pants, a circle skirt, a full-circle cape, and an accent
overskirt. Very helpful for new dancers who are just starting
out making costumes!
Devine Brown. This is the web site for Davina, author of
several books about belly dance costumes: Costuming From The
Hip; Beads, Baubles, & Bedlah; From Turban To Toe
Ring, and others. Look under the Costumer's Notes header
for Dawn's online newsletter with costuming ideas, tips, and
advice. Under the Articles heading, you'll find her report on
costuming trends at Rakkasah 2000. Under the sections for Costuming
From The Hip, and From Turban To Toe Ring you'll find
sample pages from the books with costuming information you can
- Farfesha. Instructions from Michelle Morrison
and her troupe Farfesha in New Mexico for wrapping a turban,
making tassels, dyeing silk.
X: Patterns. Offers instructions for making a circle skirt,
pantaloons, and simple belt. Includes tips on how to hold up
a body stocking. Also sells patterns developed by Madame X and
pre-made belt forms.
- Middle Eastern Dance Resource Guide. Kimberly
Cyr's web site has a section with costuming FAQ's (frequently
asked questions) on costuming and care tips, finger cymbals,
dance shoes, costume headgear, henna, and customs of make-up
and decoration. Also a number of vendor links.
Dance in Norway. If you can read Norwegian, you may enjoy
the instructions for making several different costume pieces,
including: panel skirt, circle skirt, handkerchief skirt, two
variations of mermaid skirt, harem pants, gauntlets, three different
sleeve variations, sleeveless midriff-baring blouse, simple full
dress, slim dress, and belt.
- Sewing Stash. Sewing and crafts links & resources.
- Oriental Costumes: Their Designs and Colors.
Online edition of this book by Max Tilke which was originally
published in 1922. Wonderful photos of many garments from the
Middle East and North Africa.
Century Middle Eastern Headwear. A historical research paper
by Narah bint Durr that addresses veils, turbans, caps, hats,
and royal headwear.
- Costumes Of The Levant. On the Al-Mashriq
web site. Collection of illustrated articles describing the traditional
garb of the eastern Mediterranean region (Lebanon, Syria, Israel,
- Traditional Lebanese Costumes. Also on the
Al-Mashriq web site. Five photos from an airline magazine.
Patterns. Look in the "Caravan" category for sewing
patterns for several garments from the Middle East and North
History Of Costume. Web-based version of a picture book titled
The History Of Costume, which was published in Germany by Braun
& Schneider around 1861-1880. Although primarily focused
on Western Europe, it does feature some illustrations on the
Middle East: ancient Egypt, ancient Near East, ancient Greece,
Moors, Arabs in the 4th through 6th century range, 17th &
18th century Turks, late 19th-century Egypt, and late 19th-century
- Notes On Islamic Clothing. Comments about
historical Islamic clothing. This is a web version of an article
that originally appeared in print, and unfortunately does not
have the illustrations.
Exhibition Of Traditional Costumes. Photos of traditional
- No Question of Costume. Why Egyptians have not adopted a national garb.
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