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Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion

Africa

eBook

Joanne B. Eicher and Doran H. Ross (eds)


ISBN:
978-1-8478-8850-1 (online)
978-1-8478-8390-2 (hardback)
978-1-4742-6445-7 (epdf)
Published:
2010
DOI:
10.2752/BEWDF/EDv1
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Abstract

Lavishly illustrated with over 300 images - most previously unpublished - Africa is the first major reference work to offer a comprehensive overview of dress and adornment in this vast continent of many nations and peoples. This volume examines past and present dress practices, including the ornamental and symbolic meaning of body decoration, the historical significance of cloth and textiles, and the ancient trading relationships and migrations that have shaped Africa's complex material culture. This is a land of contrasts, where age-old ceremonial dress and mask traditions coexist with the trappings of a modern, globalized society. The rich, varied, and often deeply symbolic dress of African peoples is given its fullest coverage to date in this landmark work.


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