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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.

Considering said inaccuracies, please do not share this piece when sharing the historical princesses!  You're welcome to share it for the purposes of commentary and critique, but I don't consider it a valid entry in the series anymore.

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.

OH ALSO I DREW A KITTY

-C
(Photoshop CS5)

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*seemed silly to say "pre-Islamic" when I ended up researching pre- and post-Islamic fashion.
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ShiroiBara91 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
I really like your style.
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Tigerman354 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016   Writer
It's beautiful and well done!
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PiperInle Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if it's not completely historically accurate, it is so so beautiful. 
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BumbleCat1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Beautiful!!!!!!!
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NBrownPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Photographer
still sexy lol
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Celerybandit Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is beautiful, and you did a wonderful job with Raja! Kitty is so cute.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015
Indeed it is
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bboybrando Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Like the style
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Ar-Ju Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome ! 
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Veteran1972 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
I still have a pair of those shoes.
Got them back in Pakistan back in 1964.
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reapersrepic Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really luv ur art style! ^-^
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Yoloimagg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist
I find this picture racist
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Tamariini Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
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Yoloimagg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist
I'm just kidding come back!
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NidaleEzallir Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
YES ALL THE FU KING YES 
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Pixelowska Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
"OH ALSO I DREW A KITTY" I loved that xD
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Lynettedrac Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2015
Your pic is accurate. We tend to forget one tiny little thing : Aladin is a "Tales of the Arabian Nights" recounted by Sheerazad BUT it's never said to be in Arabia ! Actually she told Aladin is from (beware my attempt of translating from French to English!!! *°*) "a far away country in the far away East" then : Aladin happens in India further more (from the Disney) in North India near the Thar desert. What makes me think that ; the clothes, the social hierarchy (Sultan, princesses, caste system ...), the characters pets (there is NO tiger and NO macaque in North Africa) AND architecture (Sultan's palace soooo loooks like Taj Mahal) ^^ so your version of Jasmine is right ^^
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CelesteRen1993 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Aladin (the movie) is taking place in a fictional place that combines India and Arabia. The characters are obviously meant to be Arab, thus they all have Arab names (except Jasmine, which I guess is the Westernized version of Yasmeen), and refer to Allah throughout the movie (To this day Islam is a minority religion in India, much less the royal family). Arabic writing can also be seen in parts of the movie, which would make no sense if the movie was set in India. I would also like to add that Arabs do have sultans as well, the sultan of Oman. That being said, the clothes is obviously more inspired by Indian clothes, and the palace is obviously inspired by the Taj Mahal. 

And if you are going based on the original story from the Arabian Nights, then the story should be set in China (coming from a translation from Arabic to English, and the fact that in the Middle East (where I am from) it is commonly known that the original story is set in China....and Arabs would not consider India to be the far away east considering it is right beside the Middle East)
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EnBlackish Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Student
"To this day Islam is a minority religion in India, much less the royal family"

You do realize the most famous rulers of India (the Mughal dynasty) were all Muslim? There have also been many smaller Indian principalities/kingdoms with Muslim rulers. Certain titles (Sultan, Shah, Nizam, Nawab, Begum) are always given to Muslims.  

And the Taj Mahal is *Muslim* architecture.  It was built to the taste of Mughal rulers, probably with a lot of Persian influence. That style is not exactly indigenous to India.

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Arabic writing can also be seen in parts of the movie, which would make no sense if the movie was set in India."

Even today if you walk around any major Indian city, you will see signs written in Urdu and sometimes Arabic (at the very least on all the mosques in any given city). I don't see why that wouldn't have existed in the past, esp. if there was a Muslim sultan around.


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clothes is obviously more inspired by Indian clothes"

The women's dress in the movie actually bears very little resemblance to Indian clothes. Indian clothing nearly always covers the midriff (with the exceptions of modern fashions, and certain traditional South Indian garb, and very ancient clothing where they probably went totally topless or covered the breasts with a shawl or something).  

Basically, the setting resembles India at all only because it's a western stereotype of the Middle East. That sort of thing always combines many different places, times, and cultures into an unidentifiable 'exotic' hodgepodge, and some Indian-ish elements got dragged in because India is a big part of the West's vision of the orient. 

 
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CelesteRen1993 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I am aware that there were Muslim rulers in India and that the Taj Mahal is a mosque (I admit I did forget when I wrote this comment, but I remembered some time later when talking about the movie with friends). That being said I think that if disney had intended for the movie to be set in India, they wouldn't have put in all of the Arabic/Muslim references, which are obviously more commonly associated with Arabs (that and the fact that the developers themselves said that the movie was originally going to be set in Baghdad, but they changed it because of the Gulf War), and I don't think that Disney would go through the effort of trying to make something seem historically accurate by having mosque and Arab writing (see Pocahontas) and would have instead went with the stereotypes associated with India. And I did not say that India did not have Sultans, but the original comment writer said that Sultan's were an Indian thing, so I just pointed out they are also in the Middle East. As for the clothes, I am fully aware that no one was actually wearing clothes like that, but it is much more similar to some dancer costumes from India than it is to absolutely anything from the Middle East. 

Obviously the movie is just made up of stereotypes of what people like to think of the Middle East as still being like, my point was, as you said in your comment, there are almost no resemblances or indicators that suggest that the movie is set in India, with the closest thing being that Jasmine has a tiger, there is a parrot, and a monkey (all of which could be imported :P). 
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Paige362 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Ohh, I can't wait to see the new one! A little confused though: if the new one is going to be based on Islam around Iraq/Iran. Is this picture supposed to be based around Persia instead? 
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm curious to know how this is historically invalid.
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EnBlackish Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Student
Because the dress is not pre-Islamic (which is what she said it was at first); it looks like late Ottoman or late Persian sort of dress. And I'm guessing some details are still iffy like the bare midriff, jewelry, and hairstyle. Maybe royalty would have dressed differently than common women (though I always heard that artists would not have access to royal women so it's doubtful if many accurate picture sources exist, unlike in Europe where princesses got their portraits painted all the time). Or maybe she regrets using this time period as the reference and wishes she used another one.    
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XxCrowEaterxX Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
That is not how royalty would dress their women, cause of the high status they would cover in full modest garb.
All of the princess or queen would be covered but one eye, and their hands and part of their body would have Henna on them.


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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
So, only the the lower status ladies dressed like this?
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XxCrowEaterxX Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Lower class women would cover their whole bodies to but they would not cover their faces, they were not a high status.

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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Are you sure? I've seen paintings of women from medieval Persia where they dress something like this with the bare midriff and stuff.
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XxCrowEaterxX Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Were Jasmine is from that how the women dressed, I got Jasmine wrong she would have been been covered but one eye or both eye would show but she would have on heavy kohl and would be wearing. No henna on her hands, as she was not married (I got that messed up on this) She would have been Khaleeji.

Help from some one is is 
Khaleeji. 
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Celerybandit Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fascinating to learn, but I'm curious how you determined that Jasmine would have been Khaleeji. The movie mixes Indian, Arabian, Persian, and likely a good deal of other middle eastern countries design elements. The story of Aladdin comes from the 1001 nights, but while the frame story (the part with Scheherazade) indicated that it took place in Arabia, the story of Aladdin is said to happen far, far away to the east, possibly in China. This is what makes Jasmine's actual locations so difficult to place. In any case, the picture is beautiful, accurate or not. Learning about the Historic Khaleeji dress is really interesting, but how were you able to place her with that group in particular? Are there clues in the movie (Disney does that sometimes). I love learning about these things.
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khiladijai Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
"Where Jasmine is from that is how the women dressed. She would have been Khaleeji."

I would love to know how you came to this conclusion.
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XxCrowEaterxX Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Jasmine would have lived near or in the Khaleejis tribes, the would would cover in pre-Islamic Arabia, but their dress was not like the Muslim dress.

I did not come to this 
conclusion, one of my friends on FB, sheared the Buzzfeed "historically accurate disney princesses" she was made about Jasmine cause she was not accurate her dress would be more elaborate cover in gold with dark dark dark eyeliner made from kohl on her eyes. Jasmine's skin would be a bit darker or browner.
Jasmine are of the Khaleeji known now as the Arab Gulf/Pen, and formally the Persian Gulf.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Wait, you drew this? I'm confused. O.o
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XxCrowEaterxX Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
I did not drew this, I made a mistake on my comment.
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MegaBadBunny Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all of this series so much, but I think if I had to pick a favorite, it'd be Jasmine. Your work is so lovely!  :3
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this!
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TheTwiggyDance Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Nice! Love the henna (however thats spelled)
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bhnnad Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
I love this! It's beautiful. I have a question if you get time to answer: what is that garment under her blouse? It's like a breast band or something. I was trying to find it in the source you have linked and I couldn't figure out what it was. It's fascinating me and I'd love to find out more about it! I've never seen anything like it.
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vietAnhoustra Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Artist
Oh you also made her henne tattooes !!! love it ! 
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KeIIion Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2015
wow that look so awsome im a fan of the serie & movies ,such a brilliant tiger ,so asome Jasmin , so fantastic idea , so wonderful color , really cool tiger feet
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SerenDippityDooDah Featured By Owner Edited Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read you're gonna re-do this as the historical princess Badroulbadour, (which is great) but seriously, I just wanted to say thanks for making her Middle Eastern for this instance.
Based on my research, I believe the original Aladdin took place in Samarkand, which plays a historic role if you look it up. And maybe the princess was of a Chinese lineage, or Central Asian (personally I think she was Indonesian, which is "far to the East" in the original story), but, to me, it just feels right that they're Middle-Eastern, like in the Disney film, and now this piece. So for my own sake, thank you! This really is amazing!!
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vasix Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most take "Far to the East" as being in China itself...hmm...you got me rather interested you know :) 
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh don't worry, I wouldn't remake her as Badroulbadour!  I just want to design this one as properly Saudi Arabian. :D
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SerenDippityDooDah Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can hardly wait to see it! :) +fav OMG! I can't contain my excitement! 
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ArsalanKhanArtist Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Agrabah city based on Baghdad, Iraq, also during Islamic Golden Era! :D
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queenofmintchocolate Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the henna designs.
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Crystalfelix22 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your version way more :)
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is pretty much my favorite of your Disney drawings, unless you did Merida and I somehow missed it?!
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SparklySockz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The original Aladdin was actually set in China. So she should look completely different. ;p
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
please, please read the FAQ!  It's linked on the piece and almost every other page, and it addresses this pretty directly.
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SparklySockz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright chill.
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