Davina’s Digital Studio

This is the official home of author and costume designer Dawn Devine aka Davina, a site dedicated to the art of crafting the look of the belly dancer. Hi, I’m Dawn, and I’m the author of books on belly dance history, practice, and costuming.  If you are looking for something quickly, here’s a quick list that will take you where you want to go.

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All About Assiut – The History and Technology of Egyptian Al Tali Embroidery.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, I’ll be presenting my talk “All About Assiut” updated in 2021 and including information from archival research conducted since the publication of The Cloth of Egypt in 2014.  During the 90 minute talk, I’ll be sharing a collection of beautiful images that illustrate the development of al-tali from its Ottoman origins to its modern uses. If you liked my book “The Cloth of Egypt” you will love this talk!

All About Assiut

Join us on Dec 11 at 9 PM IST
** that’s 7:30 AM PST on Saturday, Dec. 11 for my US friends **
All About Assiut
$25 for my class – or get a package and save. 

Follow this link to reserve your spot!

This talk is part of “Beyond Bellydance 5.0: Holiday Edition” a series of talks hosted by Shruti Narayanan and the Samai Oriental Dance Company in India. 


 

The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut Book Cover

Belly Dance Books by Dawn Devine ~ Davina

My book titles include the best-selling “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut,” “Zills: Music on Your Finger Tips,”  “Becoming a Belly Dancer, From Student to Stage.” 

Belly Dance Costuming Books: I have also published several books on designing and making unique and beautiful belly dance costumes.  My titles include Embellished Bras, Costuming from the Hip, FromTurban to Toe Ring and Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads. 

Glove Pattern:  Making custom gloves and gauntlets to go with your dance ensemble?  I have a printable
Gloves and Gauntlets” pattern available on my Etsy Store.

Sewing Business Log:  Keep your own creative business humming with this organization and data management system.  Available as a digital download.


“Studio Davina – Belly Dance Mini-Magazine”

“Costumer’s Notes,” my long-time newsletter has gotten a bit of a glow-up for 2021. Over time, I’ve grown to think of this publication as less like a newsletter and more as a mini-magazine.  In the past few years, I realized that the email newsletters that I personally enjoy the most, contain links to curated content. 

Over time, my bi-monthly releases were getting longer, and longer still. After polling folks over in my Facebook group, I decided to switch to shorter, more frequent releases.  Throughout 2021, we’ve gone monthly. 

We’ve also changed the name to “Studio Davina: Belly Dance Mini-Magazine.”  It is the same great mix of belly dance focussed content.  My newsletter includes links to blog posts, upcoming events, as well as 7-10 curated links to great content around the web. 

Does my newsletter sound intriguing?  Subscribe below:



 

Swirl – Studio Davina’s Performance Ensemble

Swirl, my little troupe is currently on hiatus. However, we’ve begun rehearsals and have booked our first show in November and look forward to taking the stage again!  In the meantime, Swirl is working on some new combos and costumes!  Here’s a video of my latest group of proteges and me performing on Sept. 30, 2018. 
For more information on working with me, send me an email at davina@davina.us.

 

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