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You love the flash and sparkle of shisha mirrors hand-sewn onto bright Banjara belts, but you HATE the way they fit. You have hips. You have a waist. You have curves. So do I, and I’ve figured out a way to sew on ties so you can form the panels to your real-woman shape, without gapping in the back. I buy these Banjara belts from India, then cut them into two panels and sew on an extra set of ties. Because these belts are already hand-embroidered, I allow my own sewing to be more freeform than usual, but each tie has been reinforced for sturdiness. These Banjara wedding belts come to me used, and occasionally one or more of the shisha mirrors is cracked, adding to the overall ethnic, handmade look. This belt, like most, was edged with the traditional red trim, which I replaced with dark blue in order to bring out the blues and give it a unique look. I added mottled blue fringe, antique coins, and Turkoman ornaments.
Complete your tribal costume with this navy blue and red Banjara belt, perfect worn over a long skirt, a simple pair of dance pants, or layered with hip scarves and tassels.
Size MEDIUM, each panel measures 15 ½” x 7 ½”, with approximately 12” ties. (39.5cm x 19cm, with 30.5cm ties). Fringe extends an additional 26” (66cm).
©2011, Cynthia Topp
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