Oriental Dance - Getting in touch with the Goddess Aspect, or just an excuse to dance....
There is still a lot of debate about the yelek,anteri, or more commonly called the gwzahee coat, being in SCA period for belly dancers, but with Persians (Iranians) wearing an almost identical coat as far back as 800 A.D., as shown in persian figurines, and decriptions of tapestries showing women in this type of clothing in poses identical to those in belly dance, I'm not going to worry about the outcome. It's a VERY good look,widely used in the SCA and other groups for a more period and authentic look than caberet, and a bit easier on the bare skin for fall and winter events.

It affords cover for those who are less comfortable exposing their bellies. It adds a more stately and elegant look to the regular uniform of choli and skirt, for those who feel they are past the age of 'cute'. It can be snug and form fitting, or loose to hide figure flaws or conform to Islamic rules. It fits many area's sillouette.

I have made them from a single layer of cotton, and made them out of decorated kameezes I got in, splitting them down the front and adding hooks. I let mine fall open just under the diaphram in summer.

All prices are always negotiable, especially when things are snug! And don't forget, I barter! See my 'barter for' page.

Here's a link to my current Ebay auctions. I do almost all of my auctions as custom orders, so you can get what you want in the color and stye you want. If you don't see an auction for what you want, write me, and I'll send you a price. If you don't want to bid on one, you can order direct. Prices start at about $45, and go up with complexity and decoration.

My current Ebay Auctions

The basic gwazhee coats will be made in your size from a solid color woven cotton fabric. Special request fabrics, stripes and prints will add an additional cost of $5 to $10, as I can't always find them easily and can't buy them at bulk price. I usually have some striped fabrics available - see the Fabrics page, but write with requests for colors before ordering/bidding.
It is unlined, so you should be less likely to overheat in summer. The arms holes are shaped for dancing - you can raise your arms straight up without it pulling up at the sides. All seams are professionally serged, and I narrow roll hem all the edges (looks like a handkerchief's edge).

Choose from a round neck, or V neck, and from sleeveless, long sleeves, long sleeves split down the top, or a medium/short sleeve with a drape of fabric about a foot long - the modern nod to the original Persian style of leaving open long sleeves that buttoned from the elbow down. It closes in the front with hooks and bound thread eyes (bartack) the way Indian kameezes do. It is mid-calf legnth, with splits on the sides and in back.

You will need to send me your waist measurement, hip measurement, underbust measurment and bra size, and possibly others depending on size and figure needs and well as your neckline and sleeves preference. This is a simple garment, made simply but sturdily, to keep costs down. Mirrors, trim and embroidery are extra. Email me for options.

My current basic gwazhee coat. The neckline can be done as a V neck, or cut across just under the bust. It's split up the sides and back, coming to mid-calf. It can be sleeveless,have the mid-legnth sleeves with a dangle, or long sleeves, or long split sleeves. I roll hem the edges for simplicity, and put hooks and bound eyes on the front to close.

Some nice stripes, on the basic gwazhees. Fabric varies, as I find it. See the Available Fabrics page.

A print I found - VERY nice. Just an idea of what can be done with a nice fabric. I make the V neck gwazhees with a dart, so that they bend the striped pattern over the front, using the design to create a trimmed look.

Some Ikat fabric- I have two colors as I'm writing - these fabrics are hand thread dyed before they are woven. Again, see the fabrics page.

I've only had a few of these requested, but it's there if you want to get one made. They CAN look very impressive, and I think it goes well with the Rachel Brice look. I also have a pattern for a lace shrug, but I've found a lot of dancers are using fishnet pantyhose and just cutting out the toes....
Mike and I at Candlemass, he in his best blue and me in the Tudor Rose gwazhee.
A Kameese can be easily altered to become a gwazhee coat, and they are usually gorgeously pre-decorated. This one was just too pretty, in my color, with embroidery and paint covering the center front and arms. I wore it to our Winter Rose event, over a second kameese in royal purple for contrast, with a bright orange scarf as hipwrap. Never too much color!
Also seen here is my original turban 'hat'.

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