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Egyptian Headband (Agal)
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  Egyptian Headband (Agal) The Agal (ties not shown) The Agal - Close View of Center Halloween Disguise - Wearing Agal  

Egyptian Headband (Agal)
Maureen W. Clifton

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This item has been an extremely popular view on Medieval Arts Misty Isles! It is a one-of-a-kind item. Its price has been permanently lowered.

It is made well & I wore it to hold on many head-dresses for costumes, especially when I took 'middle eastern dance classes.

My price is reasonable based on what went into creating it & the fact it is more than 35 years in age & is in decent condition.

Included are photos of me in the entire costume from which the portrait photo was taken.

This Egyptian Headband, called an 'Agal' with my veil & sarf (Keffiyeh) helped with a Halloween disguise in 1983 & was great fun, indeed!

I made the Agal in a combination of machine appliqué, brocade & black fabric, hand embroidery with couched cord, hand beading & chains added between which I placed gold tone beads with black glass round beads to represent the gemstone, Jet.

It includes 2 brass crescents with beads & the center is a brass Lotus Blossom. The black around the ‘Eye of Horus’ was created using a double row of black seed beads.

I strung beads & couched onto the fabric around the white metallic fabric in the shape of an eye that I had machine appliquéd over the brocade. The beads made a black outline look glossy.

I used pearl for the eye Headband is slightly padded & knotted so that it slides over the a veil easily & stays. The tie has fringe on the ends & its length about the middle of the upper back.

In this photo, I had on a full 6 foot ‘middle eastern dance’ weil with a triangular, lacy & fringed Keffiyeh over it.

There is fringe on all of my Egyptian &/or Middle Eastern costumes. It is believed that fringe, bells or coins keeps away bad spirits.

Considering how old this Agal is, it is in decent shape & hand-washable. I made it in 1977!

It seems that during the late 1970s & early 1980s, quite a few folks were dressing in 'medieval style' Middle Eastern & Egyptian costumes in the SCA (medieval organization).

‘Belly Dance’ or more properly, midddle eastern dance has been popular since I joined the SCA in 1976. Any time I ever danced in public the SCA which has been rare, even when I took dance classes, I wore costumes that covered my body (full middrift coverage). While some blouses I wore may have had shorter sleeves, most of mine have long sleeves.

Having said that, in another view herein this gallery, there is a photo of me without an Abayeh (Aba) on - for a photo – in which I was wearing a cropped 'bolero' type fitted vest I had made with a triangular dance Scarf to hide most of my of my torso.

I wore an Abayeh (or Aba) over it to a non-medieval middle eastern dance festival in San Francisco, though danced without the Abayeh (as most American’s would).

Thank you for visiting my Medieval Art Gallery.

© All Photos, Artwork & Costume Designs Created by Maureen & Posted on this SCA Medieval Art & Costume Gallery on Yessy. No image posted may be used without permission of Maureen W. Clifton, aka: Countess Dierdriana of the Misty Isles, Member of The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA: www.SCA.orgOpens in new window). Nothing within Maureen’s / Dierdriana’s Medieval Art Gallery represents any SCA policies, regulations &/or laws in any way.

Please See Maureen’s Bio & Other Yessy Art Gallery.

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