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A Guide to Laundering Costumes & Embellished Clothing Pt. 1

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series written by friend and colleague Monica Schierbaum. This article was first published on our blog in July 2011. I first met Monica at the Mediterranean Fantasy Festival many years ago where she was helping out at the Silk Road Tribal booth. Monica is one groovy woman and thrives on costuming and belly dance as much as I do. I hope you’ll enjoy the article she has written. -ks

Laundering costumes and embellished clothing can present a bit of a challenge. Specialty fabrics, beads, feathers, trim, fur and similar all need special care. So how do you clean a garment without dry cleaning or throwing it in the washing machine? Let’s find out.

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Awesome Event Alert: Cues & Tattoos 2013

Artist: Nadia Fernando for the Cues & Tattoos festival. Used by permission.
Artist: Nadia Fernando for the Cues & Tattoos festival. Used by permission.

You’re invited! This weekend, please join us for the 6th Annual Cues & Tattoos event, which celebrates ‘the use of improv choreography within Tribal Belly Dance.’ There will be workshops, dance performances and of course, killer shopping!

Sakkara Clothing & Costume will vend in the Northwest Rooms of the Seattle Center (305 Harrison St. in Seattle, WA, 98109.)

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Collaboration

Welcome to 2013, everybody!

We wanted to thank you for a wonderful 2012. You’re an awesome bunch! Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm. We’ve got so much planned for 2013, it’s hard to sit still. But first, let’s start the New Year off right with some eye candy.

The following photos are from a collaborative shoot with Vauntville and The Verdant Muse. Here are some favorites:

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All adornment and clothing in these photos is available for purchase online. Yes yes!

Vauntville on Etsy

The Verdant Muse on Etsy

Sakkara Clothing & Costume website and Etsy store

Henna art by Roving Horse Henna.

 

*Photos by Vauntville. Used by permission.

JamBallah Northwest 2012

Upcoming Event~

JamBallah NW in Portland, Oregon, USA. August 17-19, 2012

JBNW is an awesome, belly dance focused event that offers something for everyone. Enjoy workshops, performances, evening shows and a marvelous array of vendors, all weekend long.

Watch the JamBallah NW Promo video!

A lovely passage

From The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, a favorite book:

“…I soon realized I was gazing directly at Stella–far more dramatic than any picture of her could possibly be. She was clad in gold silk–a skimpy little dress, no more than a remnant of a chemise layered with fringe, it seemed, and barely covering her shapely knees. Tiny gold sequins covered her gossamer stockings, and indeed the dress itself, and there was a gold satin band of yellow flowers in her short wavy black hair. Around her wrists were delicate glittering gold bracelets, and at her throat the Mayfair emerald, looking quite absurdly old-fashioned, yet stunning in its old filigree, as it rested against her naked flesh.

“A child-woman, she appeared, slim, breastless, yet entirely feminine, her lips brazenly rouged, and her enormous black eyes literally flashing like gems as she took in the crowd gazing at her in adoration, without ever missing a beat of dance. Her little feet in their flimsy high-heel shoes came down mercilessly on the polished floor, and throwing back her head, she laughed delightedly as she made a little circle, swishing her tiny hips, her arms flung out.

“That’s it, Stella!’ someone roared, and yet another, ‘Yeeeah Stella!’ and all of this with the rhythm, if you can imagine, and Stella managing somehow to be lovingly responsive to her worshipers, while at the same time giving herself over, limply and exquisitely, to the dance.

“If I have ever seen a person enjoy music and attention with such innocent abandon, I did not recall it then and I do not recall now…”

Perhaps Stella would have been wearing these fabulous shoes?

Giving thanks

Hi all!

I am wanting to express my gratitude to all of our fans, customers, friends and supporters. Creating our clothing business has been fun and rewarding yet we marvel at how unpredictable and hungry it is. Our “baby” is only half a year old and growing quickly, which is so thrilling to experience. In celebration of Thanksgiving, I want to tell you how important you are (yes, you!) and how grateful we are for your support, humor, patience, Facebook comments, emails and all the good energy sent our way. A business doesn’t just run itself: it takes the input of many to make it happen. If you’re reading this, we thank you.

We’ve got a lot of cool stuff comin’ around the corner and look forward to telling you all about it. In the meantime, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Safe travels and be well!

Kim (and Brian)

 

 

 

 

 

JamBallah NW Recap

What an excellent event! Sakkara Clothing & Costume recently had the pleasure of vending at JamBallah NW during three exciting days of dance workshops and shows at the Bossanova ballroom. There was also a fun fashion show on Thursday night, which one of our models covered in her blog. Read about her experience here.

A big, heartfelt thank you to all of our customers and supporters for helping to make this event a success!

Very special thanks to: Endymienne, Jen Samson and Elise Morris of Narcissa Productions LLC, Bianca McCarthy of 9 Ladies Dancing Productions, Rebecca Conant, Jasmine Rain, Becky Swank, Jessica Hebert, Grace Constantine, Brian Enigma, Lorette Jackson, Fredrick Zal, Victor, Andrew Gatchel, Bhrigha GypsiKeltNylaresh and Emobie Photography.

Nylaresh dancing in the Saturday night show. She is wearing a custom bra and belt by SCC.

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Bridgetown Fashion Revue

My, what a wonderful night! On March 26, 2011 Bridgetown Fashion Revue debuted at the Alberta Rose Theatre. We had a great time. It was an honor being a part of this fantastic show.

Photos by Circle 23. Models are Grace Constantine, Endymienne and Henna. MUA: Miky Solares. Accessories by Vauntville.