Some of you have kept up with my crazy life and you know I’ve been dancing for a few years. Last summer I changed from Egyptian Cabaret style Belly dance to American Tribal style Belly dance. The costuming is completely different so I’ve been doing a little playing this week. My first goal was to make a Tribal Bra to wear over my choli.
I took a strapless bra with a cup size a bit bigger than I usually need. I chose strapless so the support that I need is there and I really like the ones from Lane Bryant because they have the no-skootch rubber stuff on the inside of the bra so it doesn’t slip around. I cut off the straps and the backs just beyond the cup itself. Then I cover it with a fancy fabric by hand. This fabric was pretty cool, but it was sort of a bronze color and it needed to be black. So I used “So Soft” paint and mixed it with a lot of Fabric Medium and used a small natural sponge to paint the entire bra.
Next I bought some braid and tassel trim to put on it:
Next, I took a trip to The Belly Dance Shop http://www.thebellydanceshop.com/ to buy Kuchi to put on the bra. Kuchi is Tribal Jewelry mainly from Afghanistan from what I understand (I’m learning as I go!). I was delighted by the assortment of Kuchi at the shop. My friend Sophia met me there and she was a big help. She has an eye for costuming and she’s willing to share and teach – I love that about her.
I spent this afternoon sewing the Kuchi onto my bra:
One of the joys of this type of costuming is that I can continue to add “junk” to the bra as I find it. I’d like to add a few coins if I can find some at a good price. I have a few pieces of Kuchi left that I want to use to make some jewelry.
I’m very pleased with my results. I wear it next Sunday when I dance with my class at DrumSTRONG.