Mona Al Said in Assiut

August 22, 2017
Mona Said in Assiut

If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that I have a deep and abiding love for assiut cloth.  My research began in college and  continued for more than 15 years until it burst forth as my book, “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assuit.”  So I find myself collecting old photos and watching […]

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Costume Design Approach: Line and Cluster

August 19, 2017

There are many strategies for designing belly dance costume bra and belt sets.  One design approach I use often I like to call the “Line and Cluster.”  In this technique, I begin with a flexible, but linear design element, such as rope, narrow ribbon, chain, or, as in this example, rhinestone chain.  Choose something long […]

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Studio Davina – Cutting Arsenal pt. 1

August 10, 2017

Studio Davina Sewing Tool Kit, Pt. 1 Cutting Arsenal In the next few posts, I’m going to take you through some of the tools I simply cannot do without!  I’m starting with cutting tools, as my students often ask, “what kind of scissors should I buy?”  Below is my list of my favorites. Scissors vs. […]

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Amabella Magazine V0 is Ready to Read!

August 4, 2017

It is my supreme pleasure to introduce my latest publishing project, Amabella Magazine.  I’m so excited to share our introductory issue!  This is a free digital magazine aimed for belly dancers at every stage in their journey. Amabella means “beautiful woman” in Latin, and the mission of this publication is to help you achieve your […]

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Five tips: Belly Dance Makeup for Photography

August 2, 2017

Hello Gang! Belly dancers at every level strive to document their journey through dance. Amateurs can get by with selfies, phone snap shots, and hand-held video.  However, if you want to up your dance game and how you’re perceived by the dance community, invest in a photo shoot with a good photographer.  High-quality images are […]

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