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Clothing as Material Culture

Berg, 2005

Book chapter

...During the colonial era in Fiji, an archaic item of chiefly clothing made from barkcloth (masi yarabalavu, hereafter simply referred to as masi for the sake of brevityAlthough I emphasize the significance of the revival of yarabalavu...

Fijian Dress and Body Modifications

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Geographically, Fiji sits where the arbitrarily defined three triangles of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia intersect, and it shares many cultural elements with its neighbors on all sides, though Polynesian elements predominate...

Introduction to the Dress of the Pacific Islands

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth’s surface and is inhabited by hundreds of cultural groups. Some twenty-five thousand islands, ranging from tiny specks of coral to the large island of New Guinea, are occupied by physically...

Photographic Representations of Pacific Peoples

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The first camera arrived in the Pacific shortly after it was invented in France in 1839, and photographs of Pacific Islanders were taken during several European voyages in the 1840s. Most of these photographs have not survived. Permanent...