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.


Assuit Print Stretch Choli ATS Belly Dance Tribal Black and Silver
$45.00
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Black Assuit Silver Print Cotton Belly Dance Bloomer Lounge Harem Pants Costume
$45.00
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Galabeya Long Dress Assuit Tulle Belly dance tribal Gypsy Dance wear Size Small
$99.00
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REDUCED 25 yd Cotton ATS Belly Dance Skirt 36 Costume Black Silver Assuit Print
$69.00
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Assuit Assuit shawl Piano Shawl Antique Tulle bi telli Rare Gold Assuit
$400.00
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Black Assuit Print Cotton Belly Dance Bloomer Harem Lounge Pants Costume L
$45.00
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Galabeya Long Dress Assuit Tulle Belly dance tribal Gypsy Dance wear Size Small
$99.00
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Awesome Black Egyptian Assuit Silver metal tulle fabric Wrap Shawl Scarf
$230.00
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Heavy Work Long Shawl Scarf Assuit Tulle Belly dance tribal Ethnic 10Ft Length
$299.00
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DROP SHOULDER STRETCH COTTON CHOLI BLACK IN ASSUIT PRINT SILVER
$20.00
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Tribal Belly dance Bloomer Assuit Black Gold Black Silver Burgundy Harem Pants
$17.50
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT 25 Yards ASSUIT BLACK SILVER
$70.00
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M L Galabeya Long Dress Assuit Tulle Belly dance tribal Gypsy Ethnic Dance wear
$99.00
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Black Tribal Belly Dance Costume with Vintage Assuit and Coins Vest and Shirt
$500.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT ASSUIT Purple Silver 100 Polyester
$42.00
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Georgus Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Black Wide Shawl Wrap Veil HOT SALE
$39.49
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Unique Black Egyptian Assuit Silver metal tulle fabric Wrap Shawl Scarf
$220.00
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Assuit Assiut Antique 1920 1930 Shawl Black Silver Art Deco
$289.00
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TRIBAL BELLY DANCE BLOCK PRINT Assuit Burgundy Silver Print 2019 ATS 25 Yards
$56.00
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Georgus Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Green Wide Shawl Wrap Veil HOT SALE
$39.99
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Authentic Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Green Narrow Shawl Wrap Veil SALE
$19.99
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offer EGYPTIAN ASSIUT real Silver Thread Handmade TALLY ASSUIT Scarf Shawl
$31.21
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Authentic Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Turquoise Narrow Shawl Wrap Veil SALE
$22.00
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Tribal Belly dance Bloomers Assuit Print Harem Pants Very Full
$17.50
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Amazing Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Black BellyDance Triangular Hip Scarf Veil
$41.00
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Pretty Soft Egyptian Assiut Assuit Tulle Black Wide Shawl Wrap Veil HOT SALE
$39.00
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DROP SHOULDER STRETCH COTTON CHOLI BLACK IN ASSUIT PRINT GOLD
$20.00
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Egyptian Assuit silver metal net tulle fabric Wrap Shawl Scarf
$50.00
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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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