Vintage Banjara tribal mirror belt base
Size: About 23 inches long and about 2.75 inches wide
Fabric Color: Red
Embroidery Colors: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue
Materials: Fabric, glass mirrors, small metal embellishments along the bottom
Five small mirrors are missing. No cracked mirrors.
Very old piece shows some stains, dirt or wear.
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.
WE RECOMMEND PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING FOR VINTAGE MIRRORWORK PIECES.
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!