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A sight lovely to see by shoomlah A sight lovely to see by shoomlah
[EDITORIAL NOTE: as much I love this piece for it's own merits, I'd also like to point out that I drew this three years ago and no longer consider it to be a valid attempt at a historical Jasmine!  I have plans to redo it one way or the other, just stepping in to make that clear for the time being. :) ]

Okay, these are getting more and more complicated, but this one was fun.

Let's be frank- Aladdin is hardly an exercise in historical accuracy. Combine that with Claire knowing veeeery little about historical* Middle Eastern clothing before starting on Jasmine, and you've got yourself a few days of research before digging into this thing.

It took some effort to track down some midriff-baring outfits but BY GEORGE I DID, thank you Persian fashion plates. I now know what sirwal are called (besides Hammer pants), and that Persian women wore some pretty sweet little jackets that I wish I owned.


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*seemed silly to say "pre-Islamic" when I ended up researching pre- and post-Islamic fashion.
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Looking at this is very inspirational. Your style is lovely and captivating. I love how you draw fabrics. I can see the softness on her Hammer pants! Amount of harmonies detail is just awesome!
What time period did you place her in? It's driving me up the wall as I research it! 
MirroredPurity Mar 6, 2014   Digital Artist
If you're ever wanting to find the best sources for the period, just look up an SCA Garb community. I guarantee you'll have tons of help.

There's also this, which doesn't have entirely historically accurate attire, but is fun to look at for all the sparkly things. :giggle: howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.b…
shoomlah Mar 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I dunno, isn't SCA is notoriously bad with appropriative belly dancer stuff?
MirroredPurity Mar 7, 2014   Digital Artist
The SCA may be "creative anachronism," but the difference between that and re-enacting is it's a "read & try it" or "try your best" method. Re-enactors are very, very strict. Of course, there are those in the SCA who like to follow their personas to the last letter just as in re-enacting.

I know that my barony has quite a lot of Middle Eastern lovers who have studied medieval belly dancing very closely. I've even heard them discuss specific male belly dancers, and they did so with a straight face. Clearly there's much more about it than I realize.

I'm not sure how or why the SCA would be notoriously bad with belly dancing. Those who have won awards for historically documenting their finds are pretty much history geeks. They put weeks of study into what they do. My only guess is that there have been many very zealous members who jumped into demos and didn't do enough study, therefore giving the average spectator a bad impression.

Naturally you'll have different spectrums of opinions to who is correct and who is incorrect. You may have to delve deeper into the history of the culture before you find proper understanding of how belly dancing functioned (and I don't know what you already know). It'll take more than Wikipedia, but looking at the footnotes, finding out which sources are dependable, and searching beyond. That's why I suggest the SCA. Laurels really do know best, and they've done the heavy searching already. ;)
darazan Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. I'm sure sticklers for historically accurate costuming can be found among them, as they can be found in any circle, but I'd say that finding good resources would be very difficult from an SCA standpoint.
MrOneEars Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
carolnuts Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh the henna tattoos. the hair piece. the tiger. 
Icecat144 Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Like I'm not trying to be mean or whatever, but I feel that the outfit that you put Jasmine in is still very inaccurate. But past 651 AD Persia was a Muslim empire, and in Muslim culture, especially the more serious kind, women must cover up their whole body except for their hands and eyes.
Just look at the film "Azur et Asmar"
That will most definitely give you an idea of the clothing in a Muslim area
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