Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India / Edition 1

Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India / Edition 1

by Emma Tarlo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226789764

ISBN-13: 9780226789767

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

What do I wear today? The way we answer this question says much about how we manage and express our identities. This detailed study examines sartorial style in India from the late nineteenth century to the present, showing how trends in clothing are related to caste, level of education, urbanization, and a larger cultural debate about the nature of Indian identity. See more details below

Overview

What do I wear today? The way we answer this question says much about how we manage and express our identities. This detailed study examines sartorial style in India from the late nineteenth century to the present, showing how trends in clothing are related to caste, level of education, urbanization, and a larger cultural debate about the nature of Indian identity.

Clothes have been used to assert power, challenge authority, and instigate social change throughout Indian society. During the struggle for independence, members of the Indian elite incorporated elements of Western style into their clothes, while Gandhi's adoption of the loincloth symbolized the rejection of European power and the contrast between Indian poverty and British wealth. Similar tensions are played out today, with urban Indians adopting "ethnic" dress as villagers seek modern fashions.

Illustrated with photographs, satirical drawings, and magazine advertisements, this book shows how individuals and groups play with history and culture as they decide what to wear.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226789767
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Glossary of Foreign Words
Abbreviations
Preface: Reflections on a Portrait
1Introduction: The Problem of What to Wear1
2Searching for a Solution in the late Nineteenth Century23
3Gandhi and the Recreation of Indian Dress62
4Is Khadi the Solution?94
5Questions of Dress in a Gujarati Village129
6Some Brahman Dilemmas168
7Some Peasant Dilemmas (Kanbi and Kharak)202
8Some Pastoralist (Bharwad) and Scheduled caste (Harijan) Dilemmas251
9Fashion Fables of an Urban Village284
10Dressing for Distinction: A Historical Review318
Postscript: A Return Visit to India, 1993-1994337
Bibliography342
Index357

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