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This belt is one of our richest, heaviest belts. It has a wide band with rows of coins which is about 4 inches wide. Under this band is a chain looped at intervals to the bottom of the coin band. The chain has traditional round bells dangling from it. The many coins and bells on this belt make it a relatively noisy belt. There is a matching necklace, IA-JPW048 which goes very nicely with this belt.
These belts can be used for Middle Eastern Dance (also known as Belly Dance, Oriental Dance, raks sharki, Kuchi dancing or Tribal Dance). They are 36 inches long, with a hook at one end and a set of loops at the other to make them very adjustable. To make them longer (for those of us with wide, womanly hips, bracelets, anklets, necklaces or even additional belts make wonderful belt extenders).
Historically in the Middle East, jewelry is an indication of a womans social and economic status. Part of the dowry would be in jewelry, which would remain the property of the woman after marriage. It is also customary for the husband to give his wife jewelry after she gives birth to each child. Therefore, the more jewelry a woman displays, the higher her status as a married woman and mother.
The little jingling bells found on most of the dance jewelry protects the wearer by warding off evil spirits. They also amuse children (who also wear jingly jewelry).
The Koran prohibits men from adorning themselves with gold, so Arabian men show their wealth and status by decorating their weapons and camels instead of themselves. These belts work well as camel adornments too. Four out of Five camels prefer jewelry from The Pillaged Village!
This item (as well as many others) is available to qualified retailers for wholesale purchase. Please inquire for additional information if you are interested in becoming a Pillaged Village wholesale customer.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.