Hip Scarves

Hip scarves for belly dance practise. It is said that the hip scarf is decorated with coins because dancers a long time ago sewed on real gold coins on their hip scarves as evidence that they were sought after and talented. It is also alleged that this was a way for the woman to show she was ready for marriage and that the coins on her hip scarf was part of her dowry. However, nobody knows if this is absolutely true.

Regardless, a hip scarf is a decorative and necessary piece of clothing for those who practice oriental dance. The scarf should be tied around the hips with a knot usually on the side or front. It shows your hip movements more clearly by marking your movements. A hip scarf can be made of different materials and with or without decorations such as coins, sequins, beads, crystals and embroidery.

As a beginner, most dancers get a hip scarf with coins. With these scarfs, the dancer can hear when she shimmies and make sharp hip movements. At intermediate level, a hip scarf without coins may be necessary to hear the instruments in the music more clearly. Should you practice oriental dance forms that are performed sitting or lying down, a scarf without loose or chunky decorations may be preferred as these can be damaged or hurt you when being between you and the floor.

Please store your scarf with coins or other decorations in a bag to and from dance practice so that it does not get tangled up and decorations break. Also, be careful not to wash a them in a washing machine, as some decorations may fall of, fade in color or break. If you can, also avoid hand washing. Instead, spray with alcohol and hang the scarf out to dry. This removes bacteria without damaging the decorations.

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