From Turban to Toe Ring,
By Dawn Devine and Barry Brown
From Turban to Toe Ring is a guide for designing and
making tribal-fusion belly dance wear. This style, which
originated in the San Francisco dance community and has
spread world-wide, is fast becoming one of the most
popular costuming options.
Tribal-fusion costuming is an
assemblage of design elements pulled from many different
tribal, rural, and nomadic peoples from North Africa,
across the Near and Middle East, and as far away as India.
Surface design techniques, articles of clothing, and
jewelry components are fused together to create a look
that blends all of these items into an exciting and
uniquely individual image for each dancer.
This book is an excellent reference source for the
libraries of dancers, costume designers, historical
re-enactors, and dancers who want a break from the high
glitz and glamour of cabaret-style costuming. From Turban
to Toe Ring contains numerous hints, tips, and directions
for making, designing, and assembling a tribal-fusion
Detailed topics include:
- A country-by-country breakdown of tribal jewelry
styles from the Berber people of Morocco to the Ribari
- Pattern-making directions for several different choli and
- Directions for traditional surface embellishments,
including applique and shi-sha.
- Mehndi (or henna), from mixing the paste to creating your
- Adapting Indian textiles, such as the toran and chakla, for tribal-fusion dancewear.
An extensive bibliography and guide to historical research of Middle Eastern costume is included.