Though their origins remain hidden in the mist of time, the Ouled Naïl inspired many artists. Painters, writers and musicians found them a "source inepuisable d'inspiration", a never ending source of inspiration. The painter Etienne Dinet (1861-1829) who stayed in the village of Bou Saada documented the tribe through his work. Dinet first traveled to Algeria in 1884 and spent the next 45 years traveling between France and Algeria. He found peace of mind in the village of Bou Saâda.
The Ouled Naïl tribe of Algeria is now living from Biskra to D'jelfa. They have even a name of a mountain ridge on the map: "Montes des Ouled". After world war 2 they were wrongly accused of collaborating with the French who colonized Algeria until 1962. Ouled Nail are a grateful source of inspiration for Tribal Style bellydance outfit.
They wore veils held in place by gold filets. Their skirts were voluminous. They wore the money they earned sewn onto their garments. One common way was in long necklaces. Another, to hold the skirts and shawls together with coins. A third way was to ornament their headdresses. Sometimes these elaborate headdresses were topped with feathers.
The costumes of the Ouled Nail are magnificent. Heavily made up eyes darkened with kohl, faces tattooed and adorned with heavy jewellery. Their hair is oiled and worn in braids on both sides of the face, looped up and held in place by big earrings. They went unveiled even when almost all the women in North Africa were covered. The costume focuses on a profusion of jewellery, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. They wear huge bracelets with studs/spikes an inch or two long for projection.