Persian Miniature Poses

Persian Miniature Poses

Some moves from Classical Persian ballet that can help us achieve the poses from Persian Miniatures.

  • Abshar
    • Waterfall
    • Hands flow in a waterfall
      • Front
      • Left
      • Right
      • Leaning back
  • Nama
    • Hands/arms move to frame the face from right to left
  • Parvas
    • Bird in flight
      • With triple step forward and back
  • Jon Besh
    • Feet pivot from right to left
      • Add hands/arms
        • Arms gently out to the sides
        • Up at right
        • Down at left
        • Alternate hands
      • Add head
        • Head faces opposite direction of foot pivot
  • Balance
    • Back, step, over
      • Repeat
  • 3 step turn
    • Out 1, over 2, back 3
      • 1 and 2 down, 3 up
      • Add hand switch
      • Knock hat off
  • Shokufeh
    • Twist out turn
    • Add arms – take shirt off
  • Parazoo
    • Bracelets
    • Up/down
    • Hips
    • Cross balance with bracelets
  • Zig zag
    • Overhead, diagonal down to hip, waist, shoulder, overhead, back down diagonal
      • Cross (down), step(up), step(up), step(up)
  • Brush – Push
    • Come here – go away
      • Brush/Come here: sweep arm overhead and lean back into it
      • Push/Go away: push away with other arm and lean into it
    • Add steps
      • Brush/Come here: cross down, up, up
      • Push/Go Away: open, up up
  • Nazim:
    • Flowing hand
      • Pretty hair
      • Pretty face
      • Pretty water



Sarwal: a recreation of Egyptian pants

Here is an image of 3 Andalusian women, 2 playing chess and 1 playing the lute.

Here is an image of 3 Andalusian women, 2 playing chess and 1 playing the lute.

Of all the images of al-Andalus, this image from the Alphonzo Book of Games is the best image of women’s salwar. The middle lady in the above image is wearing a sheer qamisa, you can easily see her pants that are tied at the waist with a multi colored belt, loose around the seat, and tapered at the ankle with a bit of gathering. To my knowledge there are no surviving Arab pants from al-Andalus. So I had to do a little research; according to Yedida Stillman’s Arab Dress: A Short History By the 10th century an Arab geographer, al-Muqaddasi, “observed that Maghribis dressed in the Egyptian fashion”.

This led me to the Egyptian pants located in the Royal Brussels Museum.

13-14 c. Egyptian pants

13-14 c. Egyptian pants

Below you will see my notes on creating a pattern for myself based on these extent pants.

Pattern based on my 5'2" frame

Pattern based on my 5’2″ frame

The pattern is made of 3 pieces:

A: cut 2 rectangles on the fold. Length should be the length from your natural waist to the floor on the outside of your leg. For the width measure the largest circumference of your calf, and divid by 2. Add seam allowance.

B: cut 4 gores. I was a bit confused when trying to decide how wide my gores should be. So this is the formula that I used (if you are better at math then me and know of an easier way to do this please let me know): Measure full waist (37″)*, add 6″ to that measurement (43″)*. Now subtract the full calf measurement x2 from the total waist [43-(14×2)=15]*, then divide that answer by 2 and that will equal the width of your gore (7.5)*. For the length of the gore I measured from my belly button to my calf. For the rise I measured from my belly button to the top of my inner thigh. Then for the diagonal portion I drew a diagonal line from the bottom of my rise to the length of the gore. I wrote down all measurements for future reference.

C. cut 1 gusset. I went with a diamond shaped gusset. Originally I started with a 12″x12″ square, after inserted the shape was not the same as the extent piece I was recreating. So I ripped it out and cut 2 inches off each side and that worked perfectly. So the measurement for the gusset is 12″ for each side and 8″ across the shortest center.

Construction: salwarStep 1. Attach the gores (B) to the main legs (A). Length to length just like the diagram above.

Step 2. Then attach gusset (C) where the 1 would meet on the gore (B).

Step 3. Then attach gusset (C) to gore (B) on opposite leg where the 2 would meet on the gore.

Step 4. Sew seam from gusset up to waist.

Step 5. Fold gusset (C) in half to the back of the pants. Repeat steps 1-4 on the back of the pants.

Step 6. On right pant leg sew from gusset, down the gore to ankle.

Step 7. On left pant leg sew from gusset, down the fore to the ankle.

Step 8. Finish all seams with a flat felled seam.

Step 8. Sew the hem of your pants.

On the image above from the Alfonzo Book of Games, the middle lady, you can see that her belt for her pants is long, flat and multi-colored. My theory is that this is some sort of tablet woven belt. So for my belt I decided to used a 1″ thick tablet woven belt.

For the waist:

Step 1: I pinned my belt into the rolled waist band, starting in the rear and moving forward on each side to ensure the same length on each side.

Step 2: I tacked down the belt inside the the waist band in the center rear to ensure the belt will always stay in place.

Step 3: I used a running stitch to sew down the waist band with the belt already inside. Leaving the front open about 4″ on each side.

Step 4. I sewed in 2 button holes on the outer front in the waist band and pulled the belt through them.

Step 5. I sewed down the inner front waist band to secure it closed.

tablet woven belt inserted

Tablet weaving belt pinned into waist band.


1 inch waist band sewn down with a running stitch

1 inch waist band sewn down with a running stitch

button hole eyelets for belt

button hole eyelets for belt


Final Front

Finished Salwar front, notice that the crotch is actually at thigh level and not at your knees as is the case with some of the other patterns out there.

Final back

Finished Salwar rear. Notice they sit just at my hips. There is plenty of room in the seat, I was able to squat all the way down to the floor, the bias in the seat and on the thighs gives it plenty of room to stretch.