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Boardshorts: A Perfect Fit

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

Berg, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Hawaii’s unofficial uniform is the boardshort—a perfect fit for the birthplace of surfing. Boardshorts in the islands were initially created as custom-made surf trunks during the 1950s and 1960s by tailors at popular venues on Oahu...

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...

Dress in Hawai’i since 1898

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 3 : The United States and Canada

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Hawai’i became a territory of the United States in 1898. The population of native Hawaiians had been significantly reduced due to the introduction of foreign diseases in the 1800s. Hawaiian dress has consistently included body adornment...

The Social World of Cloth in the Pacific Islands

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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Graeme Were

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Portable, malleable, absorbent, and textured, often with colored patterns that attract or repel the mind, cloth the world over is essential for all manner of fastenings and constructions that give form to the social relations...

The Jewelry Industry

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 3 : The United States and Canada

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...From early times, men and women have sought to adorn themselves. The desire to adorn the body answered several needs: communication of identity, including status and kinship, as well as symbols of protection and spiritual beliefs...

Hawaiian Dress Prior to 1898

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Hawai’i is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, a chain referred to simply as Hawai’i or the Hawaiian Islands. The six major islands are Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island, that is, Hawai’i. The latter name is rarely...

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...