MerryMaenad

Unique Jewelry & Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Costumes

Ohio, United States · 109 Sales

MerryMaenad

Unique Jewelry & Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Costumes

Ohio, United States 109 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Tribal Fusion Belly Dance costumes and ethnic jewelry. Inspired by ancient cultures, handcrafted with an archaic elegance by Raven Delaval. Every piece is one of a kind. Reserved Listings, payment plans, and custom orders available.

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Tribal Fusion Belly Dance costumes and ethnic jewelry. Inspired by ancient cultures, handcrafted with an archaic elegance by Raven Delaval. Every piece is one of a kind. Reserved Listings, payment plans, and custom orders available.

Raven Delaval

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Raven Delaval

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Archaic Elegance, Old Fashioned Craftsmanship, Modern Versatility

Despite how many hours of work go into my pieces, The Merry Maenad is like playtime for me. Every piece is one of a kind and created with an instinctual spontaneity. Each element I use – whether handmade tribal, modern fabric or vintage trim – has some quality to it that resonates with my overall aesthetic. Maybe it’s how a vintage rhinestone belt buckle catches the light, or the way a chain drape moves while dancing. I play with various bits and baubles, looking for something that can synergize with other elements to become a distinctive and sophisticated final product.

The beauty of tribal fusion is its inherent uniqueness; it’s meant to look as if each piece combines traces of the dancer’s nomadic adventures. The Merry Maenad is known for its regal elegance, the collections of a timeless royal wanderer. My pieces have high quality craftsmanship and versatility. You can change them up to suit different performances, enabling you to have a wide range of possibilities with only a few items.

I’ve been making jewelry and costumes for 20 years, and listed my first items on Etsy in February 2012. What began as a means of teenage self expression has steadily grown into a process of mutual inspiration with my customers. They’re inspired by my pieces, and their integration of my pieces with their wardrobes inspires me to create more. I handle all aspects of the business myself, taking care to ensure that my customers receive a piece they’ll be proud to wear, from the initial design to the hand sewing to the secure packaging. I treat my customers like impatient friends: I speak kindly, I make the transaction as convenient as possible, and I ship fast. Who wants to wait to wear something you fell in love with?

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  • Raven Delaval

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Sole Proprietor

    I am an Anthropologist and writer with a passion for making jewelry and dance costumes. It is a perfect way to honor the ancient cultures that haunt me with their beauty and complexity. See my profile for more info on my background.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 23, 2014
Each Merry Maenad piece is one of a kind and hand stitched, combining vintage and modern embellishments. I choose elements that look and sound great when the dancer is in motion and at rest. You should look amazing, sound impressive, and feel confident in your costumes! I also do custom orders for belly dance belts and bras. Contact me for details. Together, we'll come up with just the right thing.

All of my work is made in a smoke-free environment. I do have a pet friendly home, though none of the furkids are allowed in my workspace and I do everything possible to make sure no stray fur ends up in my creations.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
READY-TO-SHIP ITEMS: can be purchased via Paypal or by credit card (Direct Checkout) when you place your order.

PAYMENT PLANS ON SHOP LISTINGS: I will happily arrange a payment plan for you of 2 installments (50% / 50%) over a period of 14 days. If requesting plans involving more than 2 payments, there will be an additional fee of 5% (of the item's cost before shipping), which is nonrefundable and due with your first payment. Please convo me before you purchase so that we can discuss the details.
Shipping
Jewelry and belts come in organza gift bags or jewelry boxes. All items are wrapped in bubble wrap and sent in secure packaging. Purchases over $250 will require Signature upon Delivery; this is for your own protection as well as mine. If there is a discrepancy between the address listed on Paypal and on Etsy, I will send it to the address verified by Paypal. If the actual shipping costs less than what you paid by $3.00 or more, I will refund you the difference.

DOMESTIC USA SHIPPING is done via USPS Priority Mail (which takes 2-5 days) which includes tracking. Orders over $100 get Insurance included. Items will be shipped within 2 business days.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is First Class Parcel in order to give you the lowest prices by weight. If actual cost turns out to be less than what you paid for shipping, I will refund you the difference. You are responsible for all customs fees, duty and import charges. I declare full value of purchase price on the customs forms, and every order will be marked as "merchandise."

* I am unable to ship to Italy due to import restrictions on clothing and jewelry. I apologize for the inconvenience. *
Refunds and Exchanges
Ready-to-ship items can be returned as long as they are in their original, unused, smoke-free and sweat-free condition. Trying on the costumes and doing a test shimmy in front of your mirror is encouraged; doing drills or performing in the costumes before returning them is not. If earrings are returned, I will swap out the hooks/posts for brand new unworn hooks/posts before putting them back up for sale. Custom made to order items are refundable if they arrived damaged; otherwise, custom orders are nonrefundable.

DOMESTIC US ORDERS: Returns will be accepted if mailed back to seller within 7 days of receiving the item (the day it physically arrived in your mail). Refunds will be given for original purchase price. Shipping is not refunded.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: Convo or email (my email address will be on your receipt) within 7 days of receiving the item that you are returning it. Refunds will be for the original purchase price. Shipping is not refunded. Customs fees, duty and import charges are not refunded.

DAMAGES: I make sure the item is in perfect condition and safely packaged before I ship, but I understand that accidents can happen along the way. If you are returning the item due to damages, notify me via Etsy convo and send photos of the damaged item(s) and the original packaging in order to receive a full refund of purchase price plus original shipping cost. Damaged items returned after 7 days - or without photo notification - will not be refunded. Buyer is responsible for return postage. Return postage is not refunded but you will be given a coupon code for free shipping off your next purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
I describe my items accurately, even the flaws. Any defects in materials (i.e., discolorations or heavy patinas, missing stones on vintage elements) will be described and shown in photos so that you’re aware of them before you buy.

All fabrics and trims are cleaned before I sew them, since you will only be able to spot clean the bras and belts once all the metal is sewn on. I use Seventh Generation dye-free, perfume-free detergent or dry cleaning as necessary. Metal pieces are cleaned first as well using special jeweler's cleaning cloths. I recommend wearing bra liners under any belly dance bra (you can find some for sale on Etsy).

RESERVED LISTINGS: Upon request, I will happily reserve a listing for you. Unless other arrangements are made, the length of hold time is 7 days. Once the hold period has lapsed, the item will go back up for general sale. You will receive a convo to alert you when the hold period is about to expire. To better protect your privacy, I will not use your full real name in the reserved listing title.

CUSTOM ORDERS: I'm happy to take custom orders, whether for variations on ready-to-ship pieces or something brand new. Custom work is paid for in 2 installments: 50% when the order is placed, 50% + shipping when order is ready to ship. CUSTOM ORDERS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE! Turn around time varies, but is generally around 8 weeks. Rush orders can be handled for an extra fee (non-refundable). Contact me via Etsy convo or email.