Ouled Nail (1)
One of the best examples of ancient tribal style bellydancing is the dance of the Ouled Naïl, an Algerian tribe where the women used to travel from city to city to earn their income. At the end of their dancing carreers, the Naylates returned to their native villages to marry.
The mystery of the Ouled Naïl is something that never fully has been unveiled although the dancers of the Ouled Nail didn't leave much to unveil at the end of their dance.
The costumes of the women of the Ouled Nail were - until the first half of the 1900's - truly magnificent.
They went unveiled even when almost all the women in North Africa were covered. Jewellery like bracelets, silver anklets, earrings and necklaces had their distinctive look and were very much sought after by tourists in the first half of the twentieth century. When they earned enough they could afford ostrich feathers to adorn their tiara. They are known to wear huge bracelets with studs and spikes an inch or two long projecting from them in order to protect themselves.
After the season they often returned to their home village joining a caravan that followed a pattern of oases. A paladin sheltered the sky and kept the Nailiyat safe from the burning sun.
More on the Algerian Nailates - the Ouled Nail tribe
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