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Why are there Quilts in Polynesia?

Susanne Küchler

Susanne Küchler is Professor in Anthropology and Material Culture at University College London, UK. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea and Eastern Polynesia over the past 25 years, studying creativity, innovation and futurity in political economies of knowledge from a comparative perspective. Working from within material culture studies, her work is ethnographic in orientation and is influenced by a close reading of German and French writing on epistemology and the culture of things. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Clothing as Material Culture

Berg, 2005

Book chapter

...We generally assume that, like language, goods too tend, over time, to become ‘merely symbolic’ or else merely functional. The theory of the ‘sliding scale’ of value was famously coined by George Simmel in his Philosophy of Money, where he...

Unfamiliar places, local voices: four emerging curatorial narratives in Australia (2010–2016)

Fashion Curating : Critical Practice in the Museum and Beyond

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2017

Book chapter

...Curating an exhibition about fashion practices in Australia is thought-provoking in drawing attention to design qualities and experiences that are less obvious or familiar than the grand narratives of Western fashion history and culture...

Lavalava (Cloth) of the Rei Metau

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The Rei Metau (People of the Open Sea) live on the Outer Islands of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia, and they are therefore known as Outer Islanders. About four thousand people inhabit nine small atolls, which together make up...

Dress and Appearance in Tahiti

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...Tahiti is one of the Society Islands and the largest island of French Polynesia. It has a tropical climate, and its flora and fauna have been fundamental to the attire made by indigenous Tahitians. Body modification in early Tahiti was used...

The Polynesian Cultural Center and the Mormon Image of the Body

Religion, Dress and the Body : Dress, Body, Culture

Berg, 1999

Book chapter

...In his Forward to Richard M. Swiderski’s (1986) Voices, a study of an Italian-American festival, Frank Manning (1986, pp. vii–viii) notes that the study of cultural performance not only blurs genres, as Clifford Geertz (1980) pointed out...

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...

Resources for the Study of European Dress and Fashion in New Zealand

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

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...The historical factors of settler life inevitably influenced the reasons why clothing has been saved. Much emphasis was placed on fashionable, quality clothing of women, although there have been other kinds of dress acquired and ideas about...

Asia and Australia

International Retailing

Fairchild Books, 2018

Book chapter

...Asia contains the two most populated countries in the world: China and India.After studying this chapter, you should be able to:Identify leading retailers in Asia and Australia.Describe the importance of Asian countries and Australia...

Asia and Oceania

Elena E. Karpova

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Elena E. Karpova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality management at Iowa State University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Grace I. Kunz

Grace I. Kunz is Professor Emerita at Iowa State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Myrna B. Garner

Myrna B. Garner is Professor Emerita at Illinois State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Going Global : The Textile and Apparel Industry

Fairchild Books, 2021

Book chapter

...Asia is the most populous region of the world, with 4.6 billion people, which is 61 percent of the total world’s population of 7.5 billion. Africa accounts for 17 percent, Europe, 10 percent and North America, 8 percent.Upon completion...

Blankets: The Visible Politics of Indigenous Clothing

Margaret Maynard

Margaret Maynard is an Honorary Research Consultant in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fashioning the Body Politic : Dress, Gender, Citizenship

Berg Publishers, 2002

Book chapter

...The ‘Corroboree 2000’ marches and intensifying debates on reconciliation in Australia mark a useful staring point for a discussion of the issue of indigenous citizenship and the politics of clothing. Although no national body today exists...