Clothing as Material Culture
Susanne Küchler and Daniel Miller (eds)
In recent years social scientists have become increasingly interested in theories of fashion, but have rarely directly addressed the material qualities of clothing. By contrast, traditional studies of dress have focused on textiles but often neglect the larger cultural context within which dress becomes consumed as clothing.
This book fills a major gap by combining these two ‘camps’ through an expressly material culture approach to clothing. In sustained case studies, Küchler and Miller argue that cloth and clothing are living, vibrant parts of culture and the body. From the recycling of cloth in Africa and India and the use of pattern in the Pacific, to the history of ‘wash and wear’ and why women wear the wrong clothes to restaurants in London, this book shows the considerable advantage gained by seamlessly combining material and social aspects of dress and textiles.
Table of contents
- Front matter
- Introduction pp. 1–20
- Looking Good pp. 21–40
- The Other Half pp. 41–60
- Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics of the Turkish Headscarf pp. 61–82
- Cloth That Lies pp. 83–106
- From Thrift to Fashion: Materiality and Aesthetics in Dress Practices in Zambia pp. 107–120
- Nga Aho Tipuna (Ancestral Threads) pp. 121–138
- Relative Imagery pp. 139–158
- Pattern, Efficacy and Enterprise pp. 159–174
- Why are there Quilts in Polynesia? pp. 175–192