Belly Dancer's Costume - Banjara Peoples of India

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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.

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Creator: Unknown. [1970..2000].

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This physical object is part of the collection entitled: Texas Fashion Collection and was provided by UNT College of Visual Arts + Design to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 85 times . More information about this object can be viewed below.

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  • Main Title: Belly Dancer's Costume - Banjara Peoples of India
  • : Bustier

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.

Notes

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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Texas Fashion Collection

The UNT Texas Fashion Collection is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion, and serves as an educational and inspirational resource for students, researchers, and the general public. This vital resource is part of the UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.

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  • [1970..2000]

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  • March 7, 2014, 7:40 a.m.

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  • March 10, 2014, 10:52 a.m.

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Belly Dancer's Costume - Banjara Peoples of India, physical object, [1970..2000]; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277154/: accessed March 1, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.