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Nepal

Claire Burkert

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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Nepal’s peoples can be divided by caste, ethnicity, race, language, and religion. Most of the Indo-Aryans are Hindus whose mother tongue is Nepali. The 2001 census identified at least forty-four ethnic groups, mostly Tibeto-Burman, with distinct dress traditions. High mountain peoples comprise less than one percent of Nepal’s population. The different geoclimatic conditions strongly influence clothing. The earliest written account of clothing in Nepal comes from the third century and describes bl

Introduction to South Asia

Jasleen Dhamija

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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South Asia possesses a wide range of terrain. The northern area has high mountain ranges in Nepal along with the high-altitude plateaus of Ladakh and Bhutan, while eastern India and Bangladesh have tropical areas with high rainfall. There is the Thar Desert, which extends from Pakistan, Rajasthan, and Haryana to Delhi. The fertile Punjab, watered by five rivers, has since ancient times attracted migrations from Central Asia. The ancient riverine culture of the Indus, Saraswati, and Ganges nurture

Dress of the Ranas of Nepal

Gautam S.J.B. Rana

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

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Rana rule in Nepal began in 1846, when, against a background of internecine strife within the ruling elite, Jung Bahadur (1816–1877) seized power. By 1850 Jung Bahadur had removed all his rivals, installed a new king on the throne, and appointed his brothers and allies to the key positions of government. He himself became prime minister. The king later bestowed on him the hereditary title of maharaja, and Jung Bahadur also assumed the name Rana, which had connotations of martial glory. Since his

‘Ladies from Hell’

Thomas S. Abler

Source: Hinterland Warriors and Military Dress. European Empires and Exotic Uniforms 1999

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Britain recruited its first exotic warriors from its northern frontier. Scotland had long been a source of fighting men for the continent, both before and after union with the English Crown. Scottish archers first served as bodyguards to the French monarch in 1440. In the Thirty Years War, Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus employed some 20,000 Scots, while opposed to Gustavus Adolphus were some 10,000 Scots serving in the army of France (Wood 1987: 13). The oldest infantry regiment in the British Ar

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