Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads Book

BK-003
$23.95
Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads Book
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Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads Book

BK-003
$23.95

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Bedlah, Baubles and Beads, By Dawn Devine and Barry Brown

Bedlah, Baubles and Beads is a book about designing and crafting the elaborate bra and belt sets worn by contemporary belly dancers. Also known as "dance oriental" and "raks sharki," belly dancing has numerous sub-styles that are defined not only by their movement vocabulary, but also by their distinctive costuming.

The first part of the book provides a conceptual framework by starting with a history of this costuming style and its origins here in the United States. From there, it concentrates on introducing the reader to design principles, methods, and techniques for developing figure-flattering styles.

The second part presents the materials, tools, and processes for putting together an elaborately decorated bra and belt set. Step-by-step illustrations for applying beads, a fabric shopping guide, and directions for constructing the bra and belt bases are all illustrated with descriptive diagrams to aid the reader. Finally, the book finishes with a portfolio of styles and ideas for expanding the performance wardrobe. From skirts to accessories, these chapters introduce the essential garments that transform the bra and belt into a complete costume.

Detailed topics include:
- Overview of history of belly dance costume in the US since the 1890s.
- Design portfolio of today's most common styles.
- An introduction to the principles and elements of design and how to use them to create the best costume for your figure,dance technique and performance style.
- Directions for making high-quality bedlah, from concept to finished costume.
- Detailed directions for creating covered bras and belt bases that fit perfectly, are sturdy and prepared for further decoration.
- Step-by-step illustrations of beading techniques, including back stitch, couching, tambour beading, scatter beading, and more.
- A catalog of costume parts and pieces to pair with your handcrafted bedlah sets to create a complete ensemble.

An extensive bibliography and a list of mail-order resources is included.