Today is the second full day of Ramadan, a holiday celebrated by Muslims that includes fasting during the day. I'm a Christian, so I don't celebrate Ramadan, but I do have fond memories of living in Egypt and getting bags of dates and snacks thrown in my taxi window at sunset when everyone is breaking their fast. Free snacks are always a win in my book.
In Egypt they also tend to decorate using some of their traditional fabric motifs more during Ramadan than any other time of the year. This type of fabric has been made by men that appliqué gorgeous designs onto a base fabric (you can see examples of this on some pillows in my home in this post). Nowadays sometimes they'll cheat and print the designs onto the fabric, like the material I used to make this skirt!
They use the fabrics oftentimes as big dividers or screens for events, such as the giant dinners held during Ramadan. The rest of the year they seem relegated to wedding halls and construction sites! (You can see it in use during Ramadan in the picture below.)
I had some of this fabric cut out to make a dirndl skirt, but I hadn't put it together yet. I figured now was the time to get on it!
I paired it with a bandana and a necklace made by an old grandma in my parents' village. Because why wear just one thing around your neck when you can wear two?
I also wore my touristy belly dancer bracelet that jingles loudly when I move! That with some sassy red heels and lipstick, and I was good to go!
And why photos at an old gas station, you ask? Well... it was on my way to the grocery store and matched my blue skirt. We're a bit lacking in Egyptian-style locales in my Missouri town, so color matching had to do.
Do you know much about Ramadan? Have you ever broken the fast with a Muslim friend or have celebrated it yourself?