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  • The Way We Areby Margaret Visser

    HarperCollins Canada 2012; US$ 15.99

    This marvellous collection of over 60 pithy essays inspired by Visser?s column in Saturday Night magazine explores the cultural significance of everyday objects and phenomena such as jelly, high heels, beards, the colour red, tap-dancing and the Easter Bunny. more...

  • The Nyonya Kebayaby Datin Seri

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 45.00

    This longtime Malaysian fashion icon was originally a long, straight, Arab-inspired top of plain woven cotton. The Nyonyas, the women of the early Peranakan community, gradually transformed it into a shapely, embroidered, translucent blouse, fastened with a set of chained brooches and worn with a matching hand-drawn batik sarong. Sheer, romantic,... more...

  • Women's Costume of the Near and Middle Eastby Jennifer M. Scarce

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 60.95

    The historical and cultural richness of the Near and Middle East is reflected visually in its costume. In this book, Jennifer Scarce makes brilliant use of years or research to provide a lucid acount of the development of women's dress from thefourteenth to the earlytwentieth centuries. Her study of costume is set in th ebroader context of the social... more...

  • Japan from A to Zby James M. Vardaman; Michiko Sasaki Vardaman

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 9.99

    Why do cash machines in Japan stop dispensing cash at 7 P.M.? Are geisha high-class prostitutes? Why are some Japanese gangsters missing their pinkies? What's up with those 10,000 melons for sale in supermarkets all over Japan? Authors Michiko and James Vardaman identify nearly three hundred aspects of Japanese culture, custom, and daily life... more...

  • Japanese Costumeby Helen Benton Minnich; Shojiro Nomura

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 59.95

    In a word, this book is a story. Nonetheless, it is a true story, even though it is not a textbook. It was told by one who drank it from his own roots and knew it as he knew himself. It has been written by one who prefers to paint pictures, warmly, rather than to ferret out facts, coldly, and who believes that a picture painted in broad strokes of... more...

  • Chinese Dressby Valery Garrett

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 65.00

    Against a background of historical, cultural and social change comes Chinese Dress , a comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book examining the extraordinary range of Chinese dress. Skillfully weaving together everything from court and formal costumes through to the working attire of the lower classes and the latest fashions of New China, Chinese... more...

  • Khadiby Peter Gonsalves

    SAGE India 2012; US$ 50.00

    Khadi: Gandhi`s Mega Symbol of Subversion investigates the power of a symbol to qualitatively transform society by studying Mahatma Gandhi’s use of clothing as a metaphor for unity, empowerment and liberation from imperial subjugation. The book brings together historical evidence of Gandhi’s search for a semiotics of attire in his quest for... more...

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