Costuming Hints

Costuming Hints & Help





Answer the follow questions and you'll be off on a good start.

This section of our site is dedicated to help beginners and advanced dancers in costuming.



Whether you're making your costume or learning the best way to maintain your costume.   In any case, it is an investment. 


Makeup is also coved in this section


As we find more information it will be added to this section.  Also,  if you have any information please send it to us and we would be happy to add it.




What type of dancing is the costume for?


What style of costume do you feel most comfortable in or like?


What is your body type?


What parts of your body are you happy to display?


What would you prefer to veil?


Is this costume going to be worn repeatedly, in what setting?


Are you doing floor work?


Are you performing regularly? If so, you need to build a dance wardrobe


Color Therapy  How color effect you. From ancient times to now.

Appliqués   101


Costume Parts


Pattern Vendors

By:  Sofia Nur           Sofia Nurs Hints         copyrighted

(Costume Designer, Performer & Instructor) 
For many years she's has done theatrical designing and costuming in the San Diego and Los Angeles area. Some of the projects included, The San Diego Opera, The San Diego Ballet, The Los Angeles Playboy Club Dancers, Three's Company Jazz Dance Troupe, Contract Costuming for the Great American Costume Company in San Diego, the Egyptian ritual wear 

for the San Diego Masonic Temple. 

Now, Sofia, brings all of her experience to Middle Eastern Dance Costuming. 

Hanezebs has just finished videoing a costuming workshop with Sofia Nur, which will be ready shortly.

She will cover construction for durability, how to make a costume that lasts, fitting finesse, color theory, and making the most of your body type.

If you wish to catch a performance, Sofia dances at BiBlos, in Atlanta, Georgia

The religion and customs of Saudi Arabia dictate conservative dress for both men and women. 
Foreigners are given some leeway in the matter of dress, but they are expected to follow local customs, particularly in public places. As a general rule, foreign men should wear long trousers and shirts that cover the upper torso. Foreign women should wear loose fitting skirts with hemlines well below the knee. Sleeves should be at least elbow length and the neckline modest. 
The best fashion guideline is "conceal rather than reveal". Teenagers are also required to dress modestly in public places. Jeans should not be tight fitting and low necks and tank tops are not recommended. Shorts and bathing suits should not be worn in public. 
Whatever their job or social status, Saudi men wear the traditional dress called a thobe. Wearing the thobe expresses equality and is also perfectly suited to the hot Saudi climate. During warm and hot weather, white thobes are worn by Saudi men and boys. During the cool weather, wool thobes in dark colours are not uncommon. At special times, men often wear a bisht or mishlah over the thobe. These are long white, brown or black cloaks trimmed in gold. 
A man's headdress consists of three things: the tagia, a small white cap that keeps the gutra from slipping off the head; the gutra itself, which is a large square of cloth; and the igal, a doubled black cord that holds the gutra in place. Some men may choose not to wear the igal. 
The gutra is usually made of cotton and traditionally Saudis wear either a white one or a red and white checked one. The gutra is worn folded into a triangle and centred on the head. 
When a Saudi women appears in public, she normally wears a voluminous black cloak called an abayah, a scarf covering her hair and a full face veil. There are varying opinions regarding the wearing of the abayah and the veil; however, Saudi women cover themselves in public and in the presence of men who are not close relatives. 
Women's fashions do not stop with the abayah though if you are a male, that is all you are likely to see. Beneath the black cloak, Saudi women enjoy fashionable clothing and take great pride in their appearance. They enjoy bright colours and lavish material. Non-Muslim women living in Saudi Arabia often wear the abayah as a sign of respect for local customs. 

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