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.
Egyptian Assuit silver metal net tulle fabric Wrap Shawl Scarf
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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!