Banjara Vintage Tribal Mirror Work Textile Belt Base - Tribal Belly Dance Costume DIY Textile - Banjara Lambani Ribari

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Item No: TML0061
Country of Origin: India
Materials: Fabric, Glass Mirrors, Glass Beads
Qty in Stock: 1


Vintage Banjara tribal mirror belt base 

Size:  About 24.25 inches long and about 3.75 inches wide
Fabric Color:  Black?
Embroidery Colors:  Pink, blue
Materials:  Fabric, white seed beads, glass mirrors
No missing or cracked mirrors.  Lots of pretty white seed beading. 
In good condition.  Reasonably clean.

Vintage shisha mirror belt base for tribal belly dance costuming DIY.  These pieces were originally worn draped over the head so are generally much shorter than an actual belt would be, but can be used to embellish a longer piece by attaching it to a base.  Vintage mirrorwork pieces are often faded, frayed and sometimes a bit dirty from repeated tribal use.  Older mirros may be scratched, cracked, or the reflective backing may be wearing off in places or perhaps almost entirely gone.  Each piece will vary in condition.   


These pieces are entirely produced by hand and measurements will vary in places.  This item has been taken from old clothing or other personal items and may be worn or frayed, faded or discolored, have raw edges, may be dirty or smell of animals, smoke or incense.   I try to describe my pieces in as much detail as possible, noting any flaws, but please look at the photos on this page closely to be sure of what you are purchasing.  

Banjara, or Lambani, women use brightly colored fabrics, shisha mirror work, beads and shells to embellish every part of their clothing and personal accessories. Mirrors and cowrie shells are added to the edges of blouses and hems of skirts and incorporated  into tassels and jewelry. Every piece of fabric has at least some mirror work to attract the eye. Banjara women are holding tightly to their ancient modes of dress, which are said to be the most colorful and elaborate of any tribe in India. This exuberance in adornment is even extended to their animals!


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