Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India / Edition 1 by Pravina Shukla | 9780253349118 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India / Edition 1

Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India / Edition 1

by Pravina Shukla
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253349117

ISBN-13: 9780253349118

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Because clothing, food, and shelter are basic human needs, they provide excellent entries to cultural values and individual aesthetics. Everyone gets dressed every day, but body art has not received the attention it deserves as the most common and universal of material expressions of culture. The Grace of Four Moons aims to document the clothing decisions made by

Overview

Because clothing, food, and shelter are basic human needs, they provide excellent entries to cultural values and individual aesthetics. Everyone gets dressed every day, but body art has not received the attention it deserves as the most common and universal of material expressions of culture. The Grace of Four Moons aims to document the clothing decisions made by ordinary people in their everyday lives. Based on fieldwork conducted primarily in the city of Banaras, India, Pravina Shukla conceptualizes and realizes a total model for the study of body art—understood as all aesthetic modifications and supplementations to the body. Shukla urges the study of the entire process of body art, from the assembly of raw materials and the manufacture of objects, through their sale and the interactions between merchants and consumers, to the consumer's use of objects in creating personal decoration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253349118
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Material Culture Series
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.51(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments

Part 1. Introduction
1. Body Art in Banaras
2. Getting Ready
3. Gaze, Sacred and Secular

Part 2. Production and Commerce
4. Shopping for Clothes
5. Weaving Saris
6. Making Jewelry
7. Kanhaiya Lal
8. Shopping along the Vishvanath Gali
9. Assembling Bangle Sets

Part 3. Personal Adornment
10. Nina Khanchandani
11. Neelam Chaturvedi
12. Mukta Tripathi

Part 4. Body Art in the Lifecycle
13. After the Wedding
14. Before the Wedding
15. The Wedding

Part 5. Conclusion
16. The Study of Body Art

Glossary Notes Bibliography Index

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