Belly dancing has a long history, but one that seems a bit fuzzy when trying to figure out exactly when it originated or by what culture. It can be found throughout the Middle East, but also ancient Roman and Greek cultures. It has both a folk, or social significance as well as a deep history in performance art.
What ever its origins, I love the color and movement of the jewelry and costume. I love the rhythmic sound to the dance and the musical beat the dancer makes with the sway of the costume. I've seen this type of dance performed live several times, and usually just stare in wonderment as to how they dance that way. It truly is such an art.
You'll find these pictures for my mood board, and several other inspirational pictures on my 'Dance' Pinterest board. Gotta love Pinterest for grouping, organizing and inspiring thought as I work through designs.
Last week I showed you a bracelet that had the same colors and brick-beaded triangles. But in this one I switched up the design to give this piece a whole new feel. By adding chain and briolette drops (lemon quartz) I get a Middle Eastern vibe to this pattern. I also wanted to echo the triangle pattern in the bead work that runs along the choker in the overall design through a netting of chain. This was a fun piece to make, and fun to wear to add a little excitement to an outfit.