The difference between a Turkish and an Egyptian style costume is that the Turkish costume is worn as a two piece fashion exposing more flesh. The Egyptian costume is a full length fitted sheath style of apparel.
Dancers who wear the Turkish costume like the variety and accessories of this costume as it is needed to frame body movements
The hip belt constructed of coins, beads, or tassels help to show off the hip movements from slow to fast.
The bare midriff exposes abdominal movements of belly rolls, flutters, and undulations.
The bra area illustrates rib slides, circles, lifts and tucks.
Turkish style dancing has very active movements and the Egyptian style of costume cannot meet the demands of these movements.
Other benefits of this costume:
- 1. It offers a creative outlet for those women who like to design and make their own costumes.
- 2. Some women enjoy beading and take pride in constructing their hip belts and bras.
- 3. It is more affordable than the Egyptian style. For example a diy Turkish costume may cost $125 up to $300 depending on its ornateness. An Egyptian costume ranges from $500 to $15,000 and it can only be worn as is.
- 4. The Turkish costume can be converted to folkloric or ethnic by simply tucking a veil cover over the costume or wearing leotards or sleeves in order to not expose flesh.