I have given this subject a lot of thought lately and as I was watching dance videos today I decided that I would write about it. My purpose here is to bring attention to an area I feel could be made better, not to bash anyone for their ability to sew or their budget for costuming. A critique is meant to show a technique that may be improved upon, not a criticism of the individual.
I was brought up in the belly dance culture to believe that what we do as belly dancers is representative of all belly dancers by the public viewer. And, in fact, over the years I have heard the comparisons from people I have spoken with after a dance performance or even when I and my fellow dancers are being hired for conventions, birthday parties and other special events. This includes what we wear.