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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...

  • 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 the fourteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Her study of costume is set in th ebroader context of the social... 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...

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

    Tuttle Publishing 2011; US$ 8.95

    This Japanese travel guide provides goes beyond the typical guidebook, revealing the underlying cultural and historical reasons for the behavior and attitudes of The Japanese. Authors Michiko and James Vardaman identify nearly three hundred aspects of Japanese culture, custom, and daily life that commonly frustrate, delight, or just plain stump... more...

  • Japanese Costumeby Helen Benton Minnich; Shojiro Nomura

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 27.95

    With dozens of photographs and expertly written text, this Japanese clothing book is the authoritative guide on the kimono. Japanese Costume invites the reader to explore the world of Japan?s textile arts and costume decorationfrom its origins in legendary times, through its brilliant development in the intervening centuries, to its emergence... 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...

  • Kimonoby Terry Satsuki Milhaupt

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 29.00

    What is the kimono? Everyday garment? Art object? Symbol of Japan? As this book shows, the kimono has served all of these roles, its meaning changing across time and with the perspective of the wearer or viewer.              Kimono: A Modern History begins by exposing the seventeenth- and... more...

  • Chinese Dressby Valery Garrett

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 65.00

    Featuring over 450 archival photographs and line drawings, Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present traces the evolution of Chinese clothing from court and formal costumes to the fashions of modern China. A comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book, Chinese Dress is the essential reference for costume historians, fashion designers... more...

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