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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.

OH ALSO I DREW A KITTY

-C
(Photoshop CS5)

See the rest of the series here: shoomlah.deviantart.com/galler…
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*seemed silly to say "pre-Islamic" when I ended up researching pre- and post-Islamic fashion.
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bhnnad Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
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  Student Traditional Artist
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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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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:icontrinity-lea:
trinity-lea Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
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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LionessJhr Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this outfit! The movie clothes are very plain and cartoonish which I guess is right about the rest of the movie visually (excluding the "A Whole New World" scene) I also prefer Jasmine's hair and jewellery here.
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Cosmictyger Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
i think the 1001 nights were about mainly... post... or proto islamic persia...
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tomboysquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yayyy historical Persian fashion! I really didn't like what Jasmine wore in the movie at all.
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cookieeatspenguins Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks for the Henna detail XD
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AzalieFinrandi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
This piece it's so lovely I really don't know where to begin. I adore every about it, every single little detail. Jasmine's expression it's fantastic and Rajah's eating the underwear it's the cherry on top. Love it!
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PomDragon Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I love everything about this picture. Jasmine's outfit, the mendhi on her hands and feet, the coloring of the overall pic and how you did Rajah. :clap: Must fave this.
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Catgirl4404 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I love the details on her hands :3 <3
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alice-duckets Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm curious, are there any sources you would be able to PM or link? I would be VERY interested to see what resources you pulled from for many of these, particularly this one. Wonderful job, by the way. These are always such fun exercises!
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LightxLove Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I have no more words. Though, it'd be so awesome if you did an historical re-make of Jasmine :D
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the1cutemetalchick Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
its not pre-islamic.. the sultan says "allah forbid that you ever have daughters" q:
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moonstarHuntress Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
In fact, Allah was the name of one of the pre-Islamic gods as well as the Muslim name for God, so...
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The description doesn't say pre-Islamic.
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:iconthe1cutemetalchick:
the1cutemetalchick Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no you said you had mixed em.. 
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JustMeNeverYou95 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
has nobody seen the cloth under Jasmine's tiger's claw? It kinda looks like..... Blush emoticon 
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:iconchemicalink:
ChemicalInk Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student General Artist
its from the scene where her tiger, Raja bites of a suitors underwear :)
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jocelynluna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
yeah, boxers or an underwear~
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Speedygal Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Jasmine!!! :D I also love this character and her tigeerr.
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SnakesOnAStarship Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
the henna!
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TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
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!
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Paige362 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
What time period did you place her in? It's driving me up the wall as I research it! 
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MirroredPurity Featured By Owner 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…
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I dunno, isn't SCA is notoriously bad with appropriative belly dancer stuff?
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BlackfireCreations Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The SCA is notoriously bad with pretty much everything.....
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MirroredPurity Featured By Owner 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. ;)
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darazan Featured By Owner 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.
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MrOneEars Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! Beautiful work!
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carolnuts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh the henna tattoos. the hair piece. the tiger. 
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Icecat144 Featured By Owner 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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shoomlah Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've said that I don't consider this accurate for three years!
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:iconicecat144:
Icecat144 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry! but why did you draw her like this, then?
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You misread my comment- I drew this three years ago, and I've learned a ton since 2011.
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Icecat144 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's the first thing I say in the description, bolded and everything. :)
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:iconicecat144:
Icecat144 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ppft i knew that.
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Neocrater Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
This makes no sense. Alladin's not set in the Safavid Middle East.

Aladdin is set in the future.

Think about it, vast wastelands of desert in a 'Middle Eastern' setting, but the palace has a collection of modern cultural references, a relaxed position on the discussion of Islamish setting, and the allusions to the Sphinx's nose falling off in 'A Whole New World' don't fit the timeline of it falling off in Napoleonic times. Even if it was a joke that it was during the construction, where's the elaborate paintwork that used to cover her and the Pyramids? It's either a recreation, or some new adjustments knocked off.

All the magic is clearly advanced technology. Anti-gravity for Jafar and his lifting powers. Laser and hypnotic crystal interfaces in the staff. Genetic alterations for talking parrots, opposable thumb monkeys, and a tiger that is mostly domesticated. Wish-fulfillment automatic nanite-clouds given sentience and personality stand in for the Djinn of legend. 10,000 years, and he's spouting 90s references? This is clearly a post-post-Modern Islamic dominant future earth, where Middle Eastern culture has resurfaced in a fashion, and Islam has received multiple reinterpretations so that only some parts of Sharia code survive such as direct punishment in a semi-anarchical radiated wasteland. Resources are small, so humanity has regressed to lower-class tools and craft, but are not sick or malnourished, hinting millennia of genetic augments to counter viruses and total starvation or dehydration. A thief streetrat doesn't need to eat to stay alive. It just feels good to work super-stomaches out of their entropic self-energizing cycles.

So, really, Jasmine could wear anything. It's likely light fabrics with looser rules on modesty mixed with semi-patriarchal elements in Islam have reinvigorated a unsteady cultural mix of sex-positive Islam-lite.

Where was I going with this... I forget...
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, definitely heard that argument several million times on the internet over the past decade.
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Questi0nMark Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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