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Folk dress in europe and anato : Beliefs - Linda Welters

Folk dress in europe and anato


Hardcover Published: 11th January 1999
ISBN: 9781859732823
Number Of Pages: 256

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Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2000.

Relationships between dress and the body have existed in European and Anatolian folk cultures well into the twentieth century. Traditional cultures have long held the belief that certain articles of dress could protect the body from harm by warding off the 'evil eye,' bring fertility to new brides, or assure human control of supernatural powers. Ritual fringes, archaic motifs, and colors such as black and red were believed to have powerful, magical effects.

This absorbing and interdisciplinary book examines dress in a broad range of folk cultures - from Turkey, Greece, and Slovakia to Norway, Latvia, and Lithuania, to name but a few. Authors reveal the connection between folk dress and ancient myths, cults and rituals, as well as the communicative aspects of folk dress. How is an individual attired in a specific ensemble located within a community? Is the community the gendered one of women, the village of residence, the larger geographical region or the nation? The intriguing connections between dress and the supernatural beliefs of agrarian communities, as well as the reinvention of such beliefs as part of nationalism, are also discussed.

This book represents a significant contribution to the growing body of literature on the cultural meanings of dress, as well as to material culture, anthropology, folklore, art history, ethnohistory, and linguistics.

Nominated for Millia Davenport award.

Industry Reviews

'This is an exteremely interesting book ... drawing on a well selected list of authorities.' Costume 'Folk Dress in Europe and Anatolia is a credit to its editor and the series, and makes a major contribution to costume and women's history.' Dress

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Folk Dress, Supernatural Beliefs, and the Bodyp. 1
On the Antiquity of East European Bridal Clothingp. 13
Traditional Turkish Women's Dress: A Source of Common Understandings for Expected Behaviorsp. 33
The Peloponnesian "Zonari": A Twentieth-century String Skirtp. 53
Gilding the Lily: Dress and Women's Reproductive Role in the Greek Village, 1850-1950p. 71
Threads of Life: Red Fringes in Macedonian Dressp. 97
The Curious Tale of the Ultra-long Sleeve (A Eurasian Epic)p. 111
Protection from Harm: The Shawl and Cap in Czech and Slovak Wedding, Birthing and Funerary Ritesp. 135
Living Textile Traditions of the Carpathiansp. 155
The Cultural Significance of Belts in Latvian Dressp. 179
To Ward Off Evil: Metal on Norwegian Folk Dressp. 199
The Dynamic Relationship Between Lithuanian National Costumes and Folk Dressp. 211
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9781859732823
ISBN-10: 1859732828
Series: Dress, Body, Culture (Hardcover)
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 11th January 1999
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1