About Gypsy Dream Studio

The Gypsy Dream Studio was born from a dream in the Spring of 2008 when staying at a cottage on magical Saturna Island near Victoria British Columbia. The vision was to blur the lines of clothing, costume and culture as an expression of self; and by blending the three, we can create our own unique style. Since then, the path of Gypsy Dream has been unfolding and bringing new experiences and new folks together through dance, art and ritual.

At the Gypsy Dream Studio in Drumbo, Ontario each garment is constructed by hand with the intent that every ensemble find the right owner. Each piece of clothing is solidly constructed, keeping in mind the need for comfort, versatility and ease of care of the garment. The cloaks and ritual wear are pieces of art; no two garments are the same and are crafted with the intention to bring beauty, comfort and delight to its wearer.

So whether you are at the market picking up dinner, dancing on a stage or gathered around a fire under the full moon; you can be assured that you are wearing something as beautiful and unique as you are.

About Monika

Gypsy Dream Clothing is owned by Monika Wolf who was born and raised in the Coastal rainforest of Vancouver, website photoCanada. Hailing from a long line of seamstresses that arrived from Germany in the middle of the 1950s; sewing is in her blood. Monika remembers many days spent watching her grandmother embroider tablecloths and making lace, her mother making figure skating costumes on her Singer sewing machine and helping her sister make outfits for her Barbie dolls from fabric scraps left over from old prom dresses! This “thread” continued throughout high school sewing classes,  pattern-drafting at Vancouver Community College, and has been Monika’s passion ever since.

Back in 2004, Monika took up Egyptian belly dance at a near by community centre. Sensing something was missing from her dance life; she came across a style of belly dance called “Tribal” on the internet, and decided to give it a try.  One class and Monika knew she had found her tribe! The Tribal Belly Dance music and costuming enchanted Monika and she decided to share her sewing passions.  Monika became a member of BellyBellyHip Tribal Troupe in Vancouver in January 2009.

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In 2013, Monika  completed her American Tribal Style® teacher training, became a FCBD® Sister Studio and joined forces with other former members of BellyBelyHip to form Khaleesi Tribal belly dance troupe.

 

 

In 2014 Monika literally “bought the farm” and moved from urban chennai photoshoot 016center to a 14 acre farm in rural Ontario!   The American Tribal Style® scene in SW Ontario is thriving and currently Monika studies with Valizan  a FCBD® Brother Studio in the Toronto area, In 2016 Monika became a member of Valizan’s Toronto troupe: Shades of Araby.  The adventure continues….

 

shades july 2016Many thanks to Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman and Fat Chance BellyDance® in San Francisco, BBH, Khaleesi Tribal Belly Dance in Vancouver, BC  and Valizan for all their mentor-ship and support.  Also, all those in the world wide ATS® dance community who help me keep the dream alive.

Oh, and of course my wonderful and patient husband and son who leave chocolate on the studio stairs when I work late at night. I love you both.

 

 

 

 

 

Sara of PoppyPants 

A native Northern Californian who pursued a longtime dream of relocating to Italy back in 1997.  In 2011 Sara discovered her love for tribal belly dancing; oddly enough, all the way over  in Rome, Italy. Sara holds a BFA in Photography but has explored many avenues in life: waitressing, photographic archivist, novice knitter, cranio-sacral therapist, ashtanga yoga tutor, avid letter writer, hiking tour guide and of course,seamstress/costumer.  Sara is the creator and owner of PoppyPants Tribal Style Bellydance Wear.  Hand made with unique fabrics from Italy and abroad. 

“I’m in love with all dance but especially ATS and Tribal Fusion and always make sure to pick up one-of-a-kind fabrics, beads, buttons etc in my annual travels to far out places for furthering along the beauty of these costumes and this dance.”

 To order a custom made bra or pair of PoppyPants go to:  www.poppypantstribal.com

 

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