Designing my Faux Assuit Collection
My Healthy Obsession with Assuit I imagine I share a common obsession with many of you~ Assuit. For nearly a decade I have lusted over the beauty of this textile. As a result, I have plotted making a stretch replica that would honor the history depicted in the designs, while meeting the demands of my collection and customers.

Designing my Faux Assuit CollectionMy Healthy Obsession with Assuit

I imagine I share a common obsession with many of you~ Assuit. For nearly a decade I have lusted over the beauty of this textile. As a result, I have plotted to make a stretch replica that would honor the history depicted in the designs, while meeting the demands of my collection and customers.

Short of ‘embroidering’ an actual piece of tulle with metal thread myself, I have gone to great lengths to research how to authentically make Assuit. Thanks to the hands-on coaching of Dawn Devine and wisdom gained from her book, The Cloth of Egypt, I did my best to create an accurate ‘blueprint’ design following the parameters of actual Assuit making. I was inspired to design the patterns on this cloth based on research of traditional designs. For example, the prominent hijab (diamond) motif which would protect the wearer from evil.

Tribal Fusion Assuit Veil - Melodia Designs
Tribal Fusion Assuit Veil by Melodia Designs
My cat Alfie admiring the assuit draped by my bed.

Designing my ‘Faux’ Assuit

Figuring out this geometric puzzle was no easy feat. Fortunately, I have the help of the technically gifted graphic artist, Jared Lazar. Our first step was laying a honeycomb grid as our canvas and started working from the inside out. One parallelogram at a time, we crafted an original design that is so accurate it could be copied into a real Assuit piece one day. (Yes, a dream of mine)

Attempting to ‘figure’ all this out gave me mad respect for this textile. That it can even be made seems like a miracle.

Melodia enjoying the feel of assuit.

My intention in making this fabric is not to make real Assiut obsolete. Rather, it is to make comfortable clothing that complements a collector’s piece. I also hope it will preserve the integrity of real Assuit by eliminating the need to cut up the hand made textile for costuming needs.

Here are some of the designs I’ve created over the years of intimately working with the faux assuit I’ve created.

P.S. You can look at my Instagram feed for more pics of the latest samples I’ve developed or see my inspiration board on Tumblr. xo

2 Comments

  • I think you’ve advices your goal of honoring the fabric and then some. I, like many other dancers, simply had to have assuit costuming and went to great lengths to procure choice peices if assuit. When I finally got it in my hands, I was so stunned by its beauty that I could not being myself to cut into it because I was afraid that i wasn’t skilled enough to form it into the costume I wanted. So, I briefly gave up the thought of costuming with the fabric. Further, I feared the abuse I would put it through dancing night after night.

    Your collection is the answer to a prayer. The peices are so true to real assuit and yet so comfortable. And when you release the fabric to purchase I’ll be able to cut into it without fear of it being too fragile or too irreplaceable to ruin. Thanks.

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