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...History and Significance of Capes and Cloaks The cape and the cloak, body coverings (usually without sleeves) that fall loosely around the wearer’s body from the shoulder, have been worn for centuries around the globe by men and women...

Nga Aho Tipuna (Ancestral Threads)

Clothing as Material Culture

Berg, 2005

Book chapter

...Cloaks hand-woven from the fibres of harakeke (New Zealand flax or Phormium tenax) (Fig. 7.1) have been made and worn by Maori since after their ancestors arrived in New Zealand from Eastern Polynesia between AD 900 and 1200. Early...

Textile Arts of the Mapuche of Chile

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...The Mapuche, whose name means “people of the land,” still live close to the land and follow their traditions, which explains the survival of their culture and textiles. In pre-Hispanic times, they were nomadic fishermen...
...Harriet Selling was born in 1956 in Hamburg, Germany. She studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften in Hamburg. After graduating she first went into graphic design and then soon started designing clothing for a sportswear...

Aboriginal Skin Cloaks

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 7 : Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...In customary societies Aboriginal people were minimally clothed until contact with Europeans began to alter their habits. One exception was the skin cloaks widely worn by men and women throughout temperate zones of southeastern and western...

Regional Dress of Latin America in a European Context

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

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...A collision of cultures occurred at the time of Spain’s sixteenth-century conquest of the two great empires of the Americas, the Mesoamerican Aztecs of central Mexico and the Andean Inka of today’s Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Latin...

Ponchos of the River Plate: Nostalgia for Eden

The Latin American Fashion Reader

Berg Publishers, 2005

Book chapter

...Translated by Regina A. Root and Silvia Tandeciarz. A previous Spanish-language version of this essay appeared in Ponchos de las tierras del Plata (Buenos Aires: Verstraeten Editores, 1999).The poncho is a simple and functional article...

The Rise and Fall of the Florentine Toga

Elizabeth Currie

Elizabeth Currie is a freelance lecturer and author specialising in the history of fashion and textiles. She has formerly held the positions of Assistant Curator in Fashion, Textiles and Furniture at the V&A, Research Fellow and Tutor for History of Design MA at the Royal College of Art, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fashion and Masculinity in Renaissance Florence

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...The persistence of the republican ideal and its influence on Florentine politics and culture long after its actual demise has fascinated historians from the sixteenth century onward.Najemy, A History of Florence, 1200-1575, 487. Giorgio...
...While recent scholarship has made great strides in writing the rich history of the indigenous costumes and textiles of Mesoamerica, comparatively little attention has been paid to the historical influence that women’s European fashions had...

Dress of Shiites and Mystics

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 5 : Central and Southwest Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The Shiites form the second-largest community of Muslims, who believe that the Prophet Mohammad’s cousin and son-in-law Ali ibn Abu Talib was his rightful successor. The Shiites do not accept the leadership of the first three caliphs, Abu...