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Fashion, Transnationality, and Swahili Men

African Dress : Fashion, Agency, Performance

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...In Kenya, clothing choice has, until recently, been largely circumscribed—limited primarily to secondhand garments (mitumba in Swahili) in the aftermath of the collapse of the local apparel-manufacturing sector.Mitumba (pl.) are secondhand...

Fashioning Postcolonial Identities in Kenya

Leslie W. Rabine

Leslie W. Rabine is at the University of California at Davis. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Global Circulation of African Fashion

Berg Publishers, 2002

Book chapter

...Memory and History in the Text of Clothing: Kenya and Senegal, English and French Colonialism, Rupture and Continuity As African fashion circulates from West Africa to urban central Kenya in East Africa, it enters a mode of meaning...

Trans-Global Narratives

Mackinney-Valentin Maria

Maria Mackinney-Valentin is an Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Denmark. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fashioning Identity Status Ambivalence in Contemporary Fashion

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...“I was 15 when I got my first football jersey. It was so special to me that I hardly ever wore it.” Frederick, 24, is taking a break from demolishing a shed for a UN employee. He has recently moved to Nairobi from his native rural village...

The African Wrapper

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The wrapper, known by a variety of names including lappa and pagne, is one of the simplest and most visually present forms of bodily adornment found across the African continent. Although the material of a wrapper can vary from strip-woven,...

East Africa

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

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...The production of textiles in East Africa has a long and varied history. In countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, which now form part of the East African Community, cotton garments were comparatively uncommon prior...

Kenya

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

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...Kenya’s archaeological sites offer rich evidence of personal adornment, revealing ancient trade links. Modern Kenya contains over forty African ethnic groups, the result of early migrations involving Cushitic, Nilotic, and Bantu speakers...

Oromo Dress

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...This focus on the dress of Oromo women and men from the early 1800s to the early twenty-first century includes changes in clothing from leather to cotton to an array of new textiles and symbols. It also touches on the most common jewelry...