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Overview

The clothes we wear tell stories about us—and are often imbued with cultural meanings specific to our ethnic heritage. This concise A-to-Z encyclopedia explores 150 different and distinct items of ethnic dress, their history, and their cultural significance within the United States.

The clothing artifacts documented here have been or are now regularly worn by Americans as everyday clothing, fashion, ethnic or religious identifiers, or style statements. They embody the cultural history of the United States and its peoples, from Native Americans, white Anglo colonists, and forcibly relocated black slaves to the influx of immigrants from around the world. Entries consider how dress items may serve as symbolic linkages to home country and family or worn as visible forms of opposition to dominant cultural norms. Taken together, they offer insight into the ethnic-based core ideologies, myths, and cultural codes that have played a role in the formation and continued story of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759121508
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/30/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Annette Lynch is a professor in the Textile and Apparel Program at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research focuses on the role of dress and appearance in negotiating gender role transformation and cultural change, particularly within the United States. Her book Dress, Gender and Cultural Change examined the role of dress worn within rites of passage in modifying and reinventing tradition and gender ideals for Hmong and African American teenagers and young adults. She has also written extensively on the mainstreaming of porn culture into fashion and identity constructions in the new millennium.

Mitchell D. Strauss is professor of textiles and apparel at the University of Northern Iowa. He has been involved in education and consulting with the textile industry for more than thirty years. He has also served as the dean of the Institute of Textile Technology, department head of Design, Textiles and Interior Design at Kansas State University, and director of textile research at Air Products & Chemicals. His most recent scholarship has included field research exploring the meaning of dress among Confederate Civil War re-enactors, as well as coauthoring with Dr. Lynch Changing Fashion: A Critical Introduction to Trend Analysis and Meaning.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
African Head Wrap
Aloha Shirt (Hawai‘ian Shirt)
Alpaca Sweater
Anorak/Parka
Apron
Aran Sweater
Bandana
Barong Tagalog
Batik Cloth Apparel
Battenberg Lace
Beret
Bermuda Shorts
Bikini
Birkenstocks
Blangkon
Blundstone Boots
Bohemian Dress
Bolero Jacket
Bolo Tie
Bootlace Tie (UK Teddy Boys)
Boubou
Bowler Hat
Bricolage
British Riding Boots
Broomstick Skirt
Buckskin
Burnous
Busserull (Norwegian Work Shirt)
Caftan
Calico and Chintz
Capri Pants
Chador
Chambray
Chemise
Cheongsam
Chima Chinese Flats
Chinese Silk Pajamas
Choli
Cholo Style
Ch’ullu (Quechua) or Chullo (Hispanicized)
Church Hat
Cloche Hat
Clogs
Concho Belt
Conical Asian Hat
Coonskin Cap
Corset
Dashiki
Dirndl
Djellaba
Dolman
Do-Rag
Dr. Martens
Duster
Espadrilles
Ethnic Jewelry
Faja
Fedora
Fez
Flat Cap
Flip-Flops (Geta)
Fustanella
Gele
Gypsy Skirt
Hanbok
Hanfu Chinese Robes
Haori
Happi
Hardanger
Harem Pant (Salwar)
Harris Tweed
Hawli
Hijab
Hip-Hop Fashion
Huaraches
Huipil
Inverness Coat
Japanese Street Fashion
Jellies
Jeogori
Jilbab
Jodhpurs
Kanga
Kebaya and Skirt
Keffiyeh
Kente Cloth
Kilt
Kimono
Kosovorotka
Kufi
Lederhosen
Leotard
Madras Cloth
Mao Suit
Mariachi Suit
Melhfa
Mexican Pointy Boots
Mexican Tourist/Souvenir Jacket
Missoni Knits
Moccasins
Mousquetaire
Mu‘umu‘u (Muumuu)
Nehru Jacket
Norigae
Norwegian Knitted Mittens and Gloves
Norwegian Sweater
Obi
Oxford Shirt
Paj Ntaub (Hmong Flower Cloth)
Panama Hat
Pashmina Shawl and Scarf
Peasant Blouse
Pelisse
Pinafore
Pollera
Polo Shirt
Poncho
Porcupine Roach
Powwow Accessories
Powwow T-Shirts
Rasta Hat
Rubaha
Rumba Dress
Sarafan
Sari
Sarong
Scottish Sweater
Serape
Shawl
Shearling
Shtreimel
Sibenik Cap
Sirwal
Slouch Hat (Australian)
Snood
Sombrero
Tabi
Tallit
Tam-o’-Shanter
Taqiya
Thawb
Tie-Dyed Apparel
Toque (Tuque)
Trench Coat
Turban
Tzitzit
Ugg Footwear
Waistcoat
Western Wear
Wingtips (Brogue Shoe)
Yarmulke (Kippah)
Zoot Suit
Index
About the Editors and Contributors

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