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Persian Lace


By Saqra




Note from Saqra: Lion in the Sun was a major importer for the American belly dance market in the 1970's and early 1980's. I have an original Lion in the Sun catalog. It occurred to me somebody might actually be interested in this information on the fabric "Persian Lace", so I'm going to take a moment and share. "Persian Lace" was a fabric used in belly dance costumes during the 1970's and 1980's. It consisted of a man-made background fabric with metallic decoration.

The catalog said:

Worn by villagers and nomadic tribes, [these fabrics] are truly ethnic in origin, yet appropriate for both ethnic and cabaret costuming.

Then the catalog broke down the fabric styles into four types. Click the photo for a more detailed view:

THE METALLIC LACES - Available in a rainbow of colors (including a family of colors we have named "Rainbow") the metallic laces are the uncontested monarchs of these lovely fabrics. Extremely lightweight and subtly sheer, these fabrics compliment all fabrics as veils, skirts, harem pants, etc. Metallic lace is available in gold, blue, silver, white silver, magenta, red, emerald green, lime green, purple, orange, raspberry, and a variety of rainbow multicolors.

THE GISHNEZEHS - The Gishnezehs are knits with multi-color metallic designs woven right into the fabric. The heaviest of these lightweight fabrics, the Gishnezehs are also the most opaque. They make into exquisite skirts, harem pants and baladi dresses, etc. and are available in the following colors: black, blue, green, purple, red, magenta, yellow, and raspberry.

THE TERMEHS - Are a family of fine mesh fabrics which feature a Paisley pattern in metallic gold leaf, blue, green, magenta, purple and red. The Termehs are so subtle that they are perfectly suited for daytime use, but become incredibly light-catching in the club. Well suited for skirts, harem pants, Baladi or Ghawazii costumes. Termehs are only available in black, white or pink.

THE GLITTERY CHIFFONS - Our widest selection! Comes in almost any color imaginable with gold, silver, silver and gold, or multi-color metallic threads woven into the fabric. These are the most lightweight and sheer of all the Persian Lace fabrics we import. They compliment all of our other fabrics and make absolutely beautiful skirt and veil sets, harem pants and veil sets, baladi dresses and the like. A variety of metallic accents are available in background colors of red, green, blue, yellow, turquoise, magenta, purple, black, white, orange, raspberry and pink.

Aaaaaaand there is your blast from the past moment. I have a TON of this stuff in both garment form and in my fabric buckets.




About the Author

Saqra (Seattle, Washington, USA) is a powerful dance artist and a master instructor. Her fluidity, grace, and technical skill is highlighted by her friendly demeanor and clear joy of the dance. She did not inherit the diva gene.

Saqra won titles in Belly Dance USA (Oregon), Belly Dancer of the Year (California), Belly Dancer of the Universe (California), Wiggles of the West (Nevada), and many other competitions. She was voted "Best Kept Secret of 2005" and "Instructor of the Year 2008" by readers of Zaghareet Magazine.

Saqra's journey in this dance form began in 1977 and has led her to study with many of the best dancers in the world, including in America, Canada, Turkey and Egypt. Saqra continues to travel and study both in the USA and abroad and prides herself on proper research for anything she teaches. Folklore, fakelore, and stage creativity: all three are valuable, and Saqra clearly presents for each what they actually are. Saqra is constantly expanding her expertise in the traditional ethnic forms of the dance, the modern stage variants, and the continuing evolving fusion techniques, all these areas combined keep her material fresh and current.

Saqra is widely known as an event promoter, musician, music and instructional video producer, and a registered hypnotherapist in the state of Washington. That is enough stuff to start explaining what she has been doing in belly dance since 1977. Visit her at

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Michael Baxter, Santa Clara, California. In the photo, Saqra is holding her Teacher of the Year 2008 Award from Zaghareet Magazine.

Saqra with Award



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