Belly dancing is an art that does not only encompass movement and beat, but grace and style are two important aspects of it, which makes it more enjoyable than the usual physical exercise. A lot of women take up dancing for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is fitness. Instead of heading down to the gym to carry dumbbells and grow rough muscles, most women prefer a certain kind of physical exercise that also doubles as a hobby and a lifestyle.
Just like most exercises, belly dancing also calls for the use of props and apparel that can help the dancer with the activity. Since belly dancing is an art that calls for body movement, every dancer would need apparel that can help him or her, focus on his/her actions around the waist and hips; and an example of which, would be a belly hip scarf made of light material and usually adorned with silver coins and other decor.
Although there is already a certain belly dance costume intended for this recreation, a hip scarf is a common part of the costume that can help the dancer, as well as the viewer, concentrate on the two regions of the body which dancing aims to soften up a bit; and these are the waist and the hips. A belly scarf can help the dancers focus on these two areas since this is where curves usually build up.
The uses of a simple hip scarf has evolved along the way as the activity became a more common lifestyle in the society. Belly dancing scarves are usually seen around the waist of a dancer to emphasize movement as well as curves, but they have also become a fashion staple for a few fashion-forward women.