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New raiments of self' : Afric (Dress - Helen Bradley Foster

New raiments of self'

Afric (Dress

Hardcover Published: 6th January 1997
ISBN: 9781859731840
Number Of Pages: 372

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This book examines the clothing worn by African Americans in the southern United States during the thirty years before the American Civil War. Drawing on a wide range of sources, most notably oral narratives recorded in the 1930s, this rich account shows that African Americans demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the role clothing played in demarcating age, sex, status, work, recreation, as well as special secular and sacred events. Testimonies offer proof of African Americans' vast technical skills in producing cloth and clothing, which served both as a fundamental reflection of the peoples' Afrocentric craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibilities, and as a reaction to their particular place in American society. Previous work on clothing in this period has tended to focus on white viewpoints, and as a consequence the dress worn by the enslaved has generally been seen as a static standard imposed by white overlords. This excellent study departs from conventional interpretations to show that the clothing of the enslaved changed over time, served multiple functions and represented customs and attitudes which evolved distinctly from within African American communities. In short, it represents a vital contribution to African American studies, as well as to dress and textile history, and cultural and folklore studies.

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"(A) fascinating analysis of dress, body and culture. [...] It is a brilliantly structured text, with extensive utilization of quotations to give agency to subjects. [...] The volume is crafted in lucid prose that is a joy to read." African Studies Review & Newsletter

Introduction: Warping a Folk Historyp. 1
Beginning in Africap. 18
Constructing Cloth and Clothing in the Antebellum Southp. 75
Wearing Antebellum Clothingp. 134
Having Footwearp. 224
Embellishing the Headp. 245
Crowning the Personp. 272
Clothing as the Weft of a Folk Historyp. 316
Epiloguep. 322
Glossary of Selected Trade-Cloth Terms Used by Europeansp. 325
Annotated Glossary of Terms Related to Textile Manufacture and Clothing taken from the Narrativesp. 328
Cloth Dyes Reported in the Narrativesp. 335
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 354
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ISBN: 9781859731840
ISBN-10: 1859731848
Series: Dress, Body, Culture (Hardcover)
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 6th January 1997
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1