Dancing Clothes

I do like to dance. It's why I picked a Middle Eastern persona, even if it lowered my status drastically.

Finding suitable clothes design was the biggest challenge, one which I have not adequately met, nor applied. The gawahzee (ghawazee, etc.) coat is pretty much mid-19th century, though we can see a mid- to late-17th century version of it (still tight, but with a high neckline, and floor-long skirts) in "Behind the Veil" (must double check on title and get author again). As you can see below, 11th century clothing looks remarkably Norman, so... How am I supposed to get that "Middle Eastern dancer" look? I've settled for a snug, sleeveless gown (yelek) over narrow-sleeved kamis and narrow-ankled sirwaal. And a head-covering. And cote/abaya/burnoose as conditions demand.

This dancer from 2nd century BCE Greece is wrapped in a "veil". Hellenist Greece had a large influence on the Near East.



The wall-painting in Samarra of 835 CE shows dancers in long gowns girted up, or in tunics with skirts. Around the hip area is a double row of gold dots. Beads? Coins?


From Egypt, around the 11th-12th CE centuries, we see the long gown with over-long, oriental-style sleeves, possibly the Seljuk influence.


This golden image on glass shows once more the Hellenist influence in 1140 CE Syria. The tunic may have short or long sleeves (jewelry? trim?), and worn over a full skirt or possible underdress. The kicked-up heel is suggestive of dancing.



This court-dancer of 1552 CE Shiraz is fully covered and playing "the bones". Her overgown trails, and her head is covered. I would love a color image of this.