This is the twist at the waist and the strung beads and cords that hang down from it.
The second photo shows the central drape a little higher up showing the twist and what's just above it. There are a lot of silk ribbon 'leaves' mixed in with the beads.
The third photo is higher up yet on the drape, showing the main style of embellishment. The curving beads are cut pieces of spiral shells, a little hard to stitch on, and they don't stay perfectly still, but that's okay, it gives a little more movement to the design.
This is the perfect packable gown, as it seems to eschew wrinkles no matter what, and in fact I was carrying it around the house in a tote bag while I was beading on it. Since it can't and shouldn't be hung, it now lives in a fabric-covered box on a shelf in my closet, waiting for its next appearance.
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