Belly Dancer's Costume - Banjara Peoples of India

Description:

Bustier of a belly dancer's costume from the Banjara peoples of India. The bra-top of black cotton is embellished at front with silver coins and trimmed in multicolored cross stitch embroidery, mirror work, and Kangura patchwork appliqué. Plain black straps extend over shoulders and around back to tie.

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): India
Creation Date: [1970..2000]  
Partner(s):
UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Collection(s):
Texas Fashion Collection
Usage:
Total Uses: 32
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Date(s):
  • Creation: [1970..2000]
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Place
India
Description:

Bustier of a belly dancer's costume from the Banjara peoples of India. The bra-top of black cotton is embellished at front with silver coins and trimmed in multicolored cross stitch embroidery, mirror work, and Kangura patchwork appliqué. Plain black straps extend over shoulders and around back to tie.

Note:

This Banjara belly dancing outfit top is covered with coins - which would have been a way of holding wealth in a time where coins were of gold or silver. These modern coins are of copper, nickel, zinc, and aluminum, and as such are of little value once mounted. However, they would still create a vibrant jingling sound as the dancer moves. This piece would be worn with an embroidered ghaghra (skirt) and a veil, as well as a variety of silver jewelry. The Banjaras are tribal people who are spread all over India and are famous for their colorful embroidered ensembles.

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: Bustier
Partner:
UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Collection:
Texas Fashion Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: 2013.001.020
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc277154
Resource Type: Physical Object
Format: Image
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