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Fashion and the Meanings of “Tradition” in Senegal

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

...The Importance of Fashion in Senegal The “Zone A” district of Dakar, where I lived in 1999, is built around a plot of sandy wasteland called “le jardin public.” My neighbor, a man in his mid-thirties, told me that in his teens it had been...

Photography, Poetry, and the Dressed Bodies of Léopold Sédar Senghor

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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African Dress : Fashion, Agency, Performance

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Translations from French texts in this essay are mine. For the original French poetry, see Senghor (1991).My task is to awaken my people to dazzling futuresMy joy to create images that nourish them, Oh luminous rhythms of the Word!As poet...

Designer Oumou Sy

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Oumou Sy was born in Podor, Senegal, in 1952. Working at the intersection of art, spectacle, and social space, Sy’s multifaceted work in historical, art, and couture garments expresses the cosmopolitan creativity of the Senegambian region...

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...

Bazin Riche in Dakar, Senegal

African Dress : Fashion, Agency, Performance

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...In Senegal, sañse, a Wolof-French-Creole term, means “a total outfit of dress, hair, and jewelry” as a noun (Mustafa 2002: 189 fn. 6). Sañse, as a verb, means “to dress up” (Heath 1992: 1 fn.1). As an act of adornment sañse constructs...

Dressing the Colonial Body

African Dress : Fashion, Agency, Performance

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Kande Kamara was in Bamako, working as a driver, when World War I broke out. He returned immediately to his family’s compound and asked his father’s permission to join the French Army as a tirailleur sénégalais (Senegalese rifleman...

Senegal and Gambia

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The location of Senegambia between the Sahara Desert, Atlantic Ocean, and West African savannas makes it a prime spot for cross-cultural exchange. The region consists of two nation-states—Senegal (a French colony 1890 to 1960) and Gambia (a...

Veils and the Hajj

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 10 : Global Perspectives

Berg, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Veils have historically been associated with women’s performance of hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca) in Saudi Arabia, as documented in the travel narratives of attending pilgrims. While pilgrimage to Mecca prior to the mid-twentieth century...