Web sites about or relating to belly dancing (primarily costuming information)
A variety of items imported from Morocco (the site indicates that they make buying trips there twice a year).
While I find their Web site design terribly distracting, these are some of my favorite patterns for Middle Eastern fashion. In addition to ordering them directly from here, these patterns are available from various other vendors, including the Chivalry Sports Renaissance Store.
Audrema.com The Belly Dance Store
The Costume Goddess
Dawn "Davina" Devine Brown (Ibexa Press)
This is the main page for the author of three books: Costuming from the Hip, From Turban to Toe Ring, and Bedlah, Baubles and Beads. Each book is dedicated to a different aspect of Middle Eastern fashion or costume.
In addition to these large books, Ibexa Press also supplies three booklets: Skirting the Issue, Pants for the Dance, and most recently Style File: A visual vocabulary of Middle Eastern dance costumes.
DOMBA! Tribal Music Dance and Wares
These folks had a booth at the Michigan Renaissance Festival when I was there in 2003, and I was quite impressed with their wares. "World Fusion Music & Dance, Handmade Gypsy Wares."
Discover Belly Dance
A pattern page, including the choli pattern from...
Based in San Francisco, California, FCBD is an American Tribal Style troop led by Carolena Nericcio. In addition to providing information about the troop's performances, this site offers a wide range of dancing supplies: from books, videos, and music to clothing both patterns to make you own and ready-to-wear items and make-up.
Fatima's Bazaar and Cultural Dance Studio
Flying Skirts of San Francisco
"Gwen Heckeroths' one women company in San Francisco. She is costumer to FatChanceBellyDance [see above] and has been providing costuming to the dance community for more than a decade."
The International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance (IAMED)
"The Art of Belly Dancing. Visit our store to buy belly dancing
videos, DVDs and music CDs." In addition to their store, this site also includes a discussion board, an events calendar and a nice "about belly dancing" section with FAQ.
L. Rose Designs
"Elegant silk and velvet designs for the discerning Middle Eastern dancer."
Mid-East Mfg. The Ethnic Music Instrument Company
Another booth I visited at the 2003 Michigan Renaissance Festival unfortunately, their web site is only a graphic front page for now. You can try e-mailing them at email@example.com. "Handcrafted Silk Garments & Housewares of the Goddess."
Finger cymbals (zils), costume coins, and music CDs includes FAQs and a history of finger cymbals.
Shira's Belly Dancing site: Costume Corner
Tips and ideas, plus a few free patterns this site includes useful sewing ideas for more than just belly dance outfits!
An import/export company in NYC, with belly dance clothing products and accessories from Turkey. Their outfits would most likely be categorized as bedlah or "cabaret" style rather than tribal (actually, if you're familiar with the Dawn Devine Brown books, these outfits quite nicely match her description of the Turkish style of Bedlah outfit).
They also sell on eBay (a member since December 2002, with powerseller status and positive feedback over 99.5% when I looked — I figure anything over 99% is probably good, given that there are always going to be some folks who you can't make happy).
Visionary Dance Productions: Bellydance with Delilah