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.


DROP SHOULDER STRETCH COTTON CHOLI BLACK IN ASSUIT PRINT SILVER
$26.00
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L Galabeya Long Dress Assuit Tulle Belly dance tribal Gypsy Ethnic Dance wear
$119.00
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RARE 1920s Antique Egyptian Assuit Shawl Art Deco Wedding Bridal Shawl Wrap
$350.00
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DROP SHOULDER STRETCH COTTON CHOLI BLACK IN ASSUIT PRINT GOLD
$26.00
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1920s Antique Egyptian Assuit Shawl Art Deco Pattern Vintage Wedding Bridal
$348.00
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L Galabeya Long Dress Assuit Tulle Belly dance tribal Gypsy Ethnic Dance wear
$109.00
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Mukesh Assuit Like Rectangle Veil
$30.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT ASSUIT BLACK SILVER
$65.00
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Fabulous Antique 1920 Egyptian Assuit Shawl Fine Cotton w Hammered Silver
$300.00
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Georgus Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Green Wide Shawl Wrap Veil HOT SALE
$39.90
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT ASSUIT BLACK GOLD
$55.25
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Authentic Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Turquoise Narrow Shawl Wrap Veil SALE
$22.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT Assuit Burgundy Silver Print 2019 ATS 25 Yards
$80.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT ASSUIT BLACK GOLD 100 Polyester Red Silver
$60.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT ASSUIT BLACK GOLD 100 Polyester Blue Silver
$60.00
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Amazing Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Off White Wide Shawl Wrap Veil
$39.00
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Heavy Lrg Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Black Shawl Wrap Veil
$249.00
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Soft Unique Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Blue Weaven Wide Shawl Wrap Veil
$39.75
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1920s Antique Egyptian Assuit Shawl Art Deco Pattern Vintage Wedding Bridal
$355.00
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Fabulous Antique 1920 Egyptian Assuit Shawl Fine Cotton w Silver Thread
$250.00
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Exquisite heavy design Assuit black belly dance shawl wrap scarf veil US SHIP
$690.00
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One of a kind exquisite heavy Assuit belly dance shawl wrap scarf veil US SHIP
$590.00
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top choli Assuit style print boho freepeople style gypsy tribalfusion bellydance
$55.79
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Antique 1920s Hammered Metal on Silk Pongee Shawl Scarf Pearly White Assuit Vtg
$76.00
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VTG Vintage 20s 1920s Egyptian Revival Assuit Fabric Shawl Wrap Silver Cream
$389.00
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AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE 1920s EGYPTIAN ASSUIT SCARF SHAWL HAMMERED SILVER TT410
$450.00
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Authentic Antique Vintage 1920 Art Deco Assuit Shawl Scarf Hammered Silver
$425.00
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Mukesh Assuit Like Half Circle Veil
$30.00
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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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