Whatever you should decide to do, I will make a
request on behalf of the garb list and ask that you
don't dress your daughter in the modern "I Dream of
Genie" type outfits. "Belly dancing" garb has been a
hot topic on the garb list lately. Here are a few
links for info that have been submitted on that list.
Definately pick a culture and do a bit of research on
it. Although it seems that most cultures wore some
variation of pants, tunic and coat.
Some interesting fact and fiction of belly dancing:
Some do's and don'ts for middle eastern garb:
A few coats and some headgear:
A Scadian who belly dances in more authentic garb:
Google the terms for any of the articles of clothing
listed here and you should get pictures, directions,
> > On a side note, my daugther would like to begin
> bellydancing and I'd
> > need to garb her up to, so those patterns would be
> > . . .my daughter is 7.
> As far as I know, medieval women danced in the same
> clothes they wore
> when they weren't dancing. And in most places,
> girls dressed
> more-or-less as women did (though their clothes
> might have been
> simpler, or lacked specific garments associated with
> adulthood or
> motherhood). If you want to dress her
> authentically, therefore, the
> first step would be to pick a culture (Turkish,
> Indian, Persian,
> Egyptian, and Arabic women all did some version of
> "bellydance", so
> those are popular choices) and research the clothing
> women of that
> culture wore. The Atlantian A&S Links site has some
> action=displaycat&catid=272> to get you started.
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