In TAMARA Flamenco we have gathered the best selection of flamenco items with guaranteed quality and origin (100% Spanish product). This section of our website is composed of different groups and subgroups that will help you quickly find what you are looking for, but if you have any questions or cannot find the product you need, please write or...
If you are looking for a flamenco skirt to complement your body, top, leotard or flamenco blouse this section of our Tamara Flamenco online store is the right place.
In our extensive catalog you can find everything from flamenco skirts and sevillanas for rehearsals to tailor-made, fully customizable skirts for higher level dancers. In TAMARA Flamenco we care that each of our dance skirts have certain essential qualities in Flamenco dance-wear. These qualities make our articles a high-quality clothing designed exclusively for flamenco dancers as they ensure good handling and a long service life. Here we present you with the ones we believe to be the 3 most important ones and which here at Tamara Flamenco we make sure that each one of these qualities are met.
- All rehearsal models have the statutory minimum fullness (this greatly facilitates learning especially at the beginning and makes the effect while dancing even more beautiful)
- The skirts are made with patented fabrics that have a high resistance to run-ups thereby ensuring a longer useful life of our dance costumes. (This quality will be of great help especially for beginners, who tend to inadvertently to rub, scratch or hook their heels to the rehearsal skirt)
- In the production very specific fabrics that do not produce static are selected (This quality makes the skirt management very comfortable because the fabric does not continuously stick to the dancer’s body like many other types of fabrics).
In our catalog of Flamenco skirts you can find more traditional Seville skirts and Flamenco wardrobe models with more modern and groundbreaking designs with fabric, colors and prints. In our catalog you will notice that some models are even in different fabrics. This is because in TAMARA Flamenco we seek to adapt to the dancer’s needs and preferences regarding the dancing wardrobe. Among our fabrics there are: lycra Flamenco skirts, lace skirts, lace sevillanas skirts, Flamenco dance skirt made out of viscose, skirts used for dancing Flamenco point, velvet skirts (normal and Martelé) and dance skirts made out of Koshivo fabric or Crepe. The most common question we are asked is: Which one is best for the dancer? The answer is simple. There is no fabric better than another, it's all a matter of preference and it’s a question of when is the garment going to be used. Here we present a brief summary of our most common fabrics:
- Knit: Here at TAMARA Flamenco we work with a special fabric suitable for the flamenco wardrobe (not the usual point of fabric stores) and it has a high resistance to runs. The skirts with these fabrics have very good value, it is one of the beginner’s preferred fabrics and it tends to be used a lot in Flamenco basic models for rehearsals.
- Viscose: It is more elastic and thinner than the point and at the time it is our best-selling fabric. The price difference is not much but both the touch and the fall of the fabric, tend to like more. It adapts well to the body and being a fine fabric, it does not provide much heat when dancing like other fabrics do. t
In TAMARA Flamenco we only use the Lycra trademark. This means that it is authentic lycra®. Many stores sell their garments as Lycra when they are actually only imitation fabric which loses elasticity and the Lycra properties much faster that of an authentic Lycra. To make sure you buy authentic Lycra (which ensures high quality and durability), make sure it has a label with the brand sewn to the garment or labeled on the outside. The greatest quality of this fabric (if it’s authentic) is that it has high durability in its elasticity, that is why it is used in a good quality leotard. If you like clothes that are tight to the body, this could be a good choice.
Koshivo / Crepe (inelastic): Very light and volatile fabric. It is perfect for the stage and often it is present in made to size or high quality skirts (because it is a more expensive fabric). This is a favorite for both teachers and great dance professionals due to its fullness, dance and effect while dancing.
Velvet: In TAMARA Flamenco we work with two types of velvet. Conventional and Martelé (both special for high quality and semi elasticity dance costumes). Velvet is a fabric that is characterized by soft, thick hair with a light or dark reflection depending on where the light is indicating towards and where it is at its heaviest. This type of fabric is spectacular in any flamenco garment and its mostly destined for shows, galas and stages because the fabric is a bit heavier than others and brings more heat to the dancer during the dance but certainly this fabric is the one that brings the most elegance and distinction to any garment.
If you are looking for a garment to combine with your Flamenco skirt, this is the right section. Here you will find the tops that are most typical in a Flamenco costume such as:
Body / Flamenco leotard: According to our point of view, this is the best option for your Flamenco wardrobe. They are similar to full-length swimsuits and they fit perfectly to a woman's body if the right size is chosen. With this garment you will not run the risk of it moving or dislodging while dancing since it adapts perfectly to the body, the jersey feels like a second skin. For classes or daily training, we suggest a jersey tank top or short sleeve because the long sleeve usually can make you feel hot. The only thing that is not favorable is that it takes a little longer to put on and off than when wearing a shirt.
Flamenco Shirt: It is often chosen for its ease to put on and off. The shirts tend to be quite a cool garment and are looser than a body / jersey (which are tight to the body). It is a good choice for everyday use but if it’s for daily work, please choose a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt or both, to avoid sweating and in order to feel more comfortable. However, for performances we suggest a garment with long sleeves because of the elegance that they usually bring on stage. The only thing that is a little less favorable about this garment, is that some dancers do not like the feeling of the garment climbing a little or dislodging when they raise their arms. If you are part of this group, we strongly advise you to choose a body / leotard.
Flamenco Chupitas: They are similar in cut to a jacket. The main difference is that they usually are knotted at the front with the same fabric (because buttons are impractical in dancewear). The jackets are mostly used as an additional complement to the top of the Flamenco wardrobe, especially when we are wearing something simple like a doy or a basic tee. The jackets, bring elegance.
In TAMARA Flamenco we only use specialized fabrics for dance clothing with which we assure a quality garment tailored to your needs, but if you have any doubts about what type of fabric to choose, here we provide a brief summary of the qualities of our most used fabrics for our Flamenco tops / bodies / leotards
- Polyamide: It is a light, fresh and very breathable fabric with an excellent value. That is why many of our basic garments are made with this fabric. This fabric has high durability to washing and fits perfectly into the body because of its elasticity as long as the right size is chosen.-
- Viscose: It is a type of fabric that is more elastic and lighter than polyamide. After the polyamide, it is our best-selling fabric because of its softness and the comfort it provides. It adapts well to the body and since it’s a high quality fabric, it is very nice to dance with.
- Lycra: The greatest quality of this fabric (if it’s authentic) is that it has high durability in its elasticity, that is why it is used in a good quality leotard. If you like clothes that are tight to the body, this could be a good choice.
In TAMARA Flamenco we only use the Lycra trademark. This means that it is authentic lycra. Many stores sell their garments as Lycra when they are actually only imitation fabric which loses elasticity and the Lycra properties much faster that of an authentic Lycra. To make sure you buy authentic Lycra (which ensures high quality and durability), make sure it has a label with the brand sewn to the garment or labeled on the outside
The Manila shawl is one of the most characteristic complements of Spain. Currently they are used as a clothing accessory by flamenco singers and dancers.
The original Manila shawls are made of natural silk and both the
embroidery and the fringes are handmade. The most common embroidered shawls are flowers, birds and vegetation in general, although we occasionally find a shawl embroidered with landscapes.
What differentiates a Manila shawl from another and why do prices vary so much? This is the most common question our clients make and therefore we leave you with a summary on how to recognize the different characteristics and qualities of a Manila shawl:
- Number and extent of embroidery: The closer together are the threads and the more embroidery it has, the thicker and smoother will be the picture and therefore it requires more working hours and the artisan would have needed more silk thread in order to make the shawl.
- Drawings: The price also varies depending on the difficulty of the drawing. Generally, those with an animal theme for example, may be more expensive because they are more difficult to make.
- Material thickness: The thickness of the silk varies greatly from one shawl to another. The basic shawls have a lighter silk weight and the more professional and elaborate ones carry a higher weight and heavier silk. We can see this by touching the silk between our fingers as well as holding in one hand the shawls and seeing the weight difference between the two.
-Small-mesh grille: All gratings of the material are made by artisans therefore, the smaller the grille, more time is needed in order to achieve the desired end result.
- Fringes: The fringes are usually made out of natural silk threads. The more fringes are used on the shawl, the higher will be the cost. Especially when the threads are silk which is much more expensive than the conventional threads.
Here we leave you with some recommendations for the proper conservation which we are sure will be of interest to you:
Washing: Shawls should not be washed at home, TAMARA Flamenco always advises to pick a good dry cleaner for a proper final result. In the event that there is a small stain, rub gently with soap with a rag below the shawl. Once it’s dry, iron the shawl.
Ironing: the shawl should be ironed inside out with a steam iron, to enhance the embroidery and with an medium temperature, not too high.
Conservation: The best way to preserve them is by keeping them in a closet (to avoid a continuous light on the shawl) and hanging on a hanger and then cover them up with a case if possible.
In our section of tail coats you will find a more concise and specific catalog where you can find on one hand our economic tail coat skirt (more basic with a lighter weight) and a more professional tail coat skirt model(with more weight and its interior is completely lined). Each of our Flamenco coat tail skirts are tailored and are fully customizable in their colors because they are made exclusively for each client.
In our section of tail coats, you can also find a small selection of some of our designs and complete high couture dresses designed to be used in performances, galas, scenarios and even as wedding dresses. This section is just a small sample of some designs we have created but if you have a tail coat skirt or dress in mind, feel free to send us your sketch and we'll make it happen ☺.
Vestidos y trajes para el baile flamenco fabricados con materiales especiales que NO se pegan al cuerpo ya que que evitan la aparicion de electricidad estatica. Además, nuestros vestidos cuentan con el vuelo reglamentario (mayor cantidad de tela) que aporta un plus en vistosidad y elegancia a nuestrso vestidos. Nuestros modelos son 100% Fabricados en España.
Dance shoes are probably the most important garment for the dancer. Good dancing shoes are characterized by quality materials and above all, for its sound.
In the market there are numerous materials for flamenco shoes. For a good quality shoe we advise that the shoe is a Spanish product and that it should made out of suede or natural leather. Many stores sell imported shoes from Asia and the quality of this shoe does not meet the minimum requirements. Today, we can have a shoe made out of genuine leather and of Spanish production from 26.95 € so you can get good quality for your feet, at a very affordable price so you don’t have to to opt for plastic shoes, which would cause excessive sweating in the feet and quite possibly chafing wounds. Remarkably, not being experts in the Flamenco dance, Asian manufacturers do not offer shoes with good sound, which is the most essential quality of a good flamenco shoe.
For Flamenco shoes the material possibilities are varied but the choice of one or the other is governed by the type of feet and the amount of time that they will be used for.
Skin: material durability and strength. This material is perfect for a dancer rehearsing for many hours a day. If the material undergoes a scratch, you can simply apply a little black colored cream to cover up the imperfection and your shoes will look like new.
Suede: Especially for people with wider or sensitive feet. This material adapts faster to the feet it’s characterized fir its extreme softness. Highly recommended for dancers rehearsing many hours without rest.
Patent Leather: This material is composed of two layers. The bottom layer of skin is present in good quality shoes and the top has a very bright plasticized effect. This option is ideal for shoes for shows as they are visibly very appealing and attractive. We recommend this material for shoes for very moderate use or for specific occasions as its strength and durability are much lower than regular skin.
Crocodiles and Snakes: These skins are called “skin's fantasy." They are skins printed on a layer to create the texture of a variety of animals such as crocodiles, alligators or snakes. Skins and textures are of very bright colors and are ideal for the stage as they are more unique and unusual shoes. Because of its lower durability compared to leather or suede, we recommend this type of skin for moderate use shoes.
In regards to how to bind the shoe, nowadays we can find several options on the market:
- Fastening with a belt: It is the most classic method and still many dancers prefer it to other more modern methods. It offers good support and durability. It is highly recommended for people with fine or thin feet because by having holes at different heights, it can be adjusted to the needed measure.
- Fastening with two cross straps: It was the second method after the classic tying with a belt method. It is usually composed of a fixed elastic strap and another one that is leather and which is attached by positioning it in the buckle with the desired gap measure. This method is not recommended for people with very wide feet or high instep because they may feel the tightness of the elastic over the bridge and the elastic strap is not adjustable.
- Fastening with two straps: Based on the same method of a belt but there is a second one added, more for aesthetic reasons than for fastening objectives.
- Fastening with laces: It is the most modern method for fastening flamenco shoes and it’s the most fashionable one nowadays. The laces are as good a choice as any other despite the popular belief of novice dancers that the laces slip and untie, this method is as reliable as any other and if its well tied the knot will not untie. The laces of these shoes are not ordinary strings. They are designed and manufactured with the intention of having a good durability and grip. If, after many years, your shoelaces are a bit worn out, you can buy a new pair of special dance shoelaces for only 3 € in a wide variety of colors.
- Fastening with Ribbons: This method consist in surrounding the ankles and the end of the legs with long ribbons that end up in a pretty bow. Aesthetically is beautiful and very elegant but it is not recommended for regular training because it is not the most comfortable tying method and it takes up much more time than any other tying method. If you decide to choose this method, the ribbons should always be in suede leather because of its extreme softness in order to guarantee skin care and avoid undesirable scratches that regular leather ribbons or patent ribbons may cause.
Another option that the flamenco shoe market offers nowadays are the heels. Choosing the right height is crucial to feeling comfortable and safe with your new flamenco shoes.
6cm heel: This is the standard and most used heel. In the range of semiprofessional shoes, it is common that this option is the only one available as it is the best-selling heel.
5 cm heel: it is usually called "low heel". Due to the heel’s low height, 5 cm heels are more stable and are highly suitable for both older people (which are given to be the first ones to get tired feet) and for people who have less balance.
7 cm heel: Usually called "high-heel". Tamara Flamenco always advises not to use the 7 cm heel. There are only a few dancers who choose it but when they do, it is often for aesthetic reasons. The experts of TAMARA will always recommend you a low or normal heel as the aesthetic difference is minimal and yet this height is much more painful for the soles of the feet, joints and tendons of the ankle while producing a much faster and more intense exhaustion in a flamenco dancer due to the greater inclination caused by the height of this heel.