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- Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95
Clothing was hardly a practical necessity in North Africa and what is today the Middle East. Often a luxury item in these warm, humid climates, it became more essential as people's lives improved socially and economically. But even then, the drapery was light and tended to accent the body's shape rather than conceal it. The first part of this profusely... more...
- BRILL 2003; US$ 181.00
A scholar of history, Near Eastern languages, and women's studies (U. of Oklahoma), Yedida (1946-98) was considered an expert on the history of clothing of the Arab world, both Muslim and Jewish, from medieval to modern times. This book was over three-quarters finished when she died, and her partner and collaborator Norman (history, U. of Oklahoma) more...
- BRILL 2004; US$ 85.00
This book describes how style of dress influences the body?s demeanour and habit. In describing dress practices in three West African communities - Muslim, Animist and Christian ? it considers the role played by dress in the enculturation of the body. more...
- 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...
- University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 75.00
In Ghana, adinkra and kente textiles derive their significance from their association with both Asante and Ghanaian cultural nationalism. Adinkra, made by stenciling patterns with black dye, and kente, a type of strip weaving, each convey, through color, style, and adornment, the bearer's identity, social status, and even emotional state. Yet both... more...
- Temple University Press 2009; US$ 27.95
Originally published in 1989, this ground-breaking ethnographic exploration of tattooing?and the art world surrounding it?covers the history, anthropology and sociology of body modification practices; the occupational experience of the tattooist; the process and social consequences of becoming a tattooed person; and the prospects of "serious" tattooing... more...
- I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 28.00
From nineteenth-century broad arrows and black and white stripes to twenty first-century orange jumpsuits, prison clothing has both mirrored and bolstered the power of penal institutions over prisoners? lives. Vividly illustrated and based on original research, including throughout the voices of the incarcerated, this book is a pioneering history... more...
- SAGE Publications 2008; US$ 44.00
This exhaustive book demonstrates how dress shapes and is shaped by social processes and phenomena such as beauty, time, the body, the gift exchange, class, gender, and religion. It does this through an analysis of topics like the Islamic clothing controversy in state schools, the multitude of identities associated with dress, the Dress Reform movement,... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 41.95
Fashion is both public and private, material and symbolic, always caught within the lived experience and providing an incredible tool to study culture and history. The Fabric of Cultures examines the impact of fashion as a manufacturing industry and as a culture industry that shapes the identities of nations and cities in a cross-cultural perspective,... more...