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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)

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*seemed silly to say "pre-Islamic" when I ended up researching pre- and post-Islamic fashion.
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:iconlynettedrac:
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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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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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Student General Artist
I'm curious to know how this is historically invalid.
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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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:iconthemorlock:
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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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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:iconthemorlock:
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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:iconthetwiggydance:
TheTwiggyDance Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Nice! Love the henna (however thats spelled)
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:iconbhnnad:
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  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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:iconvasix:
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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:iconqueenofmintchocolate:
queenofmintchocolate Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the henna designs.
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:iconcrystalfelix22:
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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:iconsparklysockz:
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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:iconshoomlah:
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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:iconcosmictyger:
Cosmictyger Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
i think the 1001 nights were about mainly... post... or proto islamic persia...
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:icontomboysquirrel:
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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:iconcookieeatspenguins:
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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:iconjocelynluna:
jocelynluna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
yeah, boxers or an underwear~
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:iconspeedygal:
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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:iconmirroredpurity:
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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