All about hip scarves

Posted on Jan 10, 2011

Hip scarves: The beginner belly dancer’s favorite accessory

Belly dance hip scarves are a wonderful accessory that all belly dancers love. While not needed, or required, they can accentuate your hips and give you that little bit of flair to feel special. Whether you like coins, beads, fringe, sequins or just a plain old shawl, one thing that you should know is that not all hip scarves are created equally. I’ve put a little list together to help you find the right scarf for you!

Things to look for in a hip scarf:

  • Make sure the scarf is the right size for your hips. Hip scarves do come in different sizes. There should be plenty of slack to tie it around your hips, but not so small that you have hardly anything to tie.
  • Make sure the scarf is the right length to cover your bum, but not so long that it hinders the movement of your knees.
  • If it has coins, shake it a few times to see if it makes a nice noise. It’s personal preference as to the sound you like, but make sure it’s a sound you can stand to hear!
  • Check to make sure there are no frayed bits of chiffon, loose knots around the crochet work, and that the coins are attached securely. Quality varies widely. Always remember: you get what you pay for!

Hip Scarf Vendors


Indus Fashions – 750-D E Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511

Southeast Dance Shop – 5910 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, NC

Turkish Delights – 125 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603

Turkish Bazaar – 1025 Blue Ridge Road State Fairgrounds, Building #2 Raleigh, NC 27607

Native Threads – 712 9th Street, Durham, NC 27705


These are reputable online retailers. I know, because I’ve purchased from them myself!* –

Belly Dance Shoppe –

Dahlal Internationale –

The Belly Dance Store –

King of the Nile –

The Belly Dance Shop –

*Andalee may receive a small commission if you purchase through one of these vendors. Thank you!

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