Indian Influence: "Emerald Raja"
This Emerald Green costume was created from an Indian Sari given to Bahira by her good friend Kay Brown. Bahira created the skirt with 16 triangular panels sewn together in order to have the iridescent sari border at the hem of the skirt. The vest, also made by Bahira, has sleeves that are detachable. Bahira is performing here in a solo at the Straw Hat Pizza in San Jose, California.
Tribal Influence: "Savannah Sunset"
Bahira debuted this costume at The Magic Camel Fashion Show performing a double candle and tray dance as part of the Tribal portion of the Show. The cotton print pants and vest, made by Zora, are covered with tigers and gazelles. Bahira created the unusual belt with sewn-on African cowries shells, hand-made tassels and panels of African print cotton on a wide woven band. Bahira is also modeling her "Insta-Turban" head wrap created for this tribal look.
This ensemble won First Place in the Tribal category of the 2005 Desert Dance Festival Costume Design Contest
Egyptian Influence: "Purple Horus"
Bahira created this bedlah as the matching bookend to the Red Horus costume she created for the lovely Maia.
Maia performing at The Magic Camel Fashion Show May 2004
Cabaret Bedlah: "Autumn Forest"
Bahira found this luscious rust fringe and designed the two-panel straight skirt. Zora sewed the skirt, including the layers of fringe, the metallic weave pants and the vest. Bahira embellished the vest and created the bedlah in the same rust and forest green colors. Bahira is performing at Bistro Atash Kadeh Persian Restaurant. The heavy fringe on the skirt moved like a dream.
"Parvati" An Indian Creation inspired by Ka'ela.
Bahira created the purple, green and gold bedlah & jewelry to compliment the Salwar pants, panel skirt & bolero jacket created by Zora from sari material. Bahira performs at a Bay Area MECDA Hafla in 2004.
Ka'ela at The Magic Camel Fashion Show May 2004
Flamenco Influence: "Spanish Gypsy"
This ensemble was the template for Troupe Nambah's second troupe costume. Bahira purchased the vest at Rakkasah from Domba and the 3-tiered skirt from Flying Skirts. Bahira created a gypsy triangle belt, cuffs and armbands to compliment the vest.
African Influence: "Beads & Baubbles"
Bahira used genuine African cotton printed with lions and birds to make this Afrobelly costume. She hand-beaded the entire ensemble with glass beads and cowrie shells, including the necklace. Bahira performed Afrobelly under the direction of Parri to live music performed by Kekuja. Occasionally Bahira would step in with the band and play Ashiko drum.