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by Kathy Elgin

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This title is part of the publisher's "Costume Around the World" series; some of the other titles are China, Italy, and United States. The book opens with background material about "India's Colorful Culture," drawing connections between culture and clothing, and between English words (e.g., "bandanna" and "khaki") and their Indian roots. Successive chapters address the role of the unstitched cloth in traditional Indian garb, geographical diversity and its impact on clothing, religious differences, the major textiles produced (silk and cotton), the incredible variety of ways to wear a sari, clothing for special occasions, contemporary choices, work clothes and leisure wear, and cosmetics, jewelry, and accessories. Sidebars expand on concepts introduced in the text, from how to tie a sari to the symbolism of henna hand painting. Photographs illustrate the text, and include contemporary people as well as images from art history sources, conveying both continuity from ancient times, and the vibrancy of present-day reinventions. The final chapter deals with the export of Indian fabrics and clothing through history, from 18th-century chintz and paisley shawls to hippie clothing of the 1960s. Backmatter includes a glossary, reading list, list of Internet resources, and an index. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami

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Publication date:
Costume Around the World Series
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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