Clothing as Material Culture

Overview

In recent years, there has been a spate of books theorizing fashion. Few, however, take on board the artefactual nature of cloth. In contrast, costume historians have looked closely at garments, but have shown less concern with how clothing is informed by social structures. This book fills a major gap by combining these two "camps" through an expressly material culture approach to clothing. In sustained case studies, Küchler and Miller argue that cloth and clothing are living, vibrant parts of culture and the ...

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Overview

In recent years, there has been a spate of books theorizing fashion. Few, however, take on board the artefactual nature of cloth. In contrast, costume historians have looked closely at garments, but have shown less concern with how clothing is informed by social structures. This book fills a major gap by combining these two "camps" through an expressly material culture approach to clothing. In sustained case studies, Küchler and Miller argue that cloth and clothing are living, vibrant parts of culture and the body. From the recycling of cloth in Africa and India and the use of pattern in the Pacific, to the history of "wash and wear" and why women wear the wrong clothes to restaurants, this book shows the considerable advantage gained by seamlessly combining material and social aspects of dress and textiles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845200671
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/4/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Susanne Küchler is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology,University College London.

Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology, University College London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Daniel Miller
• Why are there Quilts in Polynesia?—Susanne Küchler
• Nga Aho Tipuna (Ancestral Threads): Maori Cloaks from New Zealand—Amiria Henare
• Relative Imagery: Patterns of Response to the Revival of Archaic Chiefly Dress in Fiji—Chloe Colchester
• Pattern, Efficacy And Enterprise: On the Fabrication of Connections In Melanesia—Graeme Were
• Looking Good, Feeling Right: Aesthetics of the Self—Sophie Woodward
• The Other Half: the Material Culture of New Fibres—Kaori O'Connor
• Aesthetics, Ethics and the Politics of the Turkish Headscarf—Özlem Sandikci and Güliz Ger
• Cloth that Lies: the Secrets of Recycling in India—Lucy Norris
• From Thrift to Fashion: Materiality and Aesthetics in Dress Practices in Zambia—Karen Tranberg Hansen

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