Assuit/Assiut

Why do all belly dancers drool over Assiut?   It seems to be a common obsession with both cabaret and Tribal dancers!

Be careful, because the technique can be applied to heavy cotton material as well as the soft mesh we usually think of, so check which one you're getting before you buy.


Art Deco Egyptian Assuit Shawl c1920s Vintage Metallic on Net
$225.00
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Vintage 1920s Assuit Pants Palazzo Shawl Silver Metal on Brown Net Tulle bi Tell
$265.00
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Fabulous Antique 1920 Egyptian Assuit Shawl Golden Fine Cotton w Silver Thread
$285.00
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Rare Antique Black Egyptian Assuit Shawl made into a dress
$1,800.00
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Antique 1920s Hammered Metal on Silk Pongee Shawl Scarf Pearly White Assuit Vtg
$95.00
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DROP SHOULDER STRETCH COTTON CHOLI BLACK IN ASSUIT PRINT
$40.00
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1920s Antique Egyptian Assuit Shawl Art Deco Pattern Vintage Wedding Bridal
$348.00
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Mukesh Assuit Like Rectangle Veil
$30.00
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Georgus Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Green Wide Shawl Wrap Veil HOT SALE
$39.90
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Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Black Narrow Shawl Wrap Veil EXPRESS SHIPPING TO US
$22.00
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Egyptian Tribal Gypsy Assiut Assuit Tulle Black BellyDance Triangular Scarf Veil
$38.50
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L Galabeya Long Dress Assuit Tulle Belly dance tribal Gypsy Ethnic Dance wear
$119.00
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Stunning Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Green Apple Wide Shawl Wrap Veil HOT SALE
$41.00
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Stunning Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Purple Wide Shawl Wrap Veil SALE
$39.00
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Mukesh Assuit Like Half Circle Veil
$30.00
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Heavy Lrg Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Silver Black Shawl Wrap Veil
$245.00
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Heavy Lrg Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Silver Black Shawl Wrap Veil
$245.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT ASSUIT BLACK SILVER
$70.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT Assuit Burgundy Silver Print 2019 ATS 25 Yards
$55.00
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EXQUISITE HUGE and HEAVY ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN ASSUIT SHAWL in EXCELLENT Condition
$799.00
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Gorgeous Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit silver Tulle Hip Scarf Wrap Veil FS 242
$46.00
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Authentic Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Off White Narrow Shawl Wrap Veil SALE
$22.00
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Georgus Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Green Wide Shawl Wrap Veil HOT SALE
$39.99
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Assuit Print Tribal ATS Fusion Belly Dance Gypsy 25 yards skirt black gold black
$117.66
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Egyptian Heavy Assiut Assuit Tulle Off White BellyDance Triangular Scarf Veil
$39.00
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Gorgeous Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit silver Tulle Hip Scarf Wrap Veil FS 243
$46.00
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Authentic Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Green Narrow Shawl Wrap Veil SALE
$19.99
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Authentic Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Turquoise Narrow Shawl Wrap Veil SALE
$22.00
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If you're not clear what I'm talking about, this article from the Vintage Fashion Guild is a good explanation.  By the way, its proper name is Tulle bi telle (plated tulle).  It's often called Assiut because that's where it was traditionally made (although funnily enough, I've had people scold me for putting the "i" before the "u" because Assuit seems to be the accepted spelling these days).  On most modern maps, the place is spelled Asyut.   Very little Assiut is made there any more, though -

Below is an interview with Dawn Devine, and she also has an interesting article on Gilded Serpent. What's slightly disappointing is that this antique-looking fabric is not an age-old Egyptian tradition.  It was created by canny Assiuti merchants, making shawls from leftover mosquito netting for 19th century tourists!

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