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Overview of Central America

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...Central America comprises the seven nations sharing the isthmus connecting North and South America. The northernmost country in the group is Guatemala, followed by Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Recently...

Textile Arts of Taquile Island, Peru

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...Taquile is a small island in Lake Titicaca, on the Peruvian side, in the Andean altiplano (high plateau) at nearly 13,000 feet (3,815 meters), above sea level. This community’s indigenous, Quechua-speaking inhabitants are renowned worldwide...

Festival Dress in Japan

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 6 : East Asia

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Matsuri, the Japanese term translated as “festivals,” are days set aside by a community for the purpose of honoring and interacting with its kami, or Shinto protector deity or deities. Shinto is considered the indigenous religion...

Estonia: Ethnic Dress

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 9 : East Europe, Russia, and the Caucasus

Berg, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Estonia’s position, between east and west, has influenced the evolution of traditional dress. In the thirteenth century Estonia became a German province, with sharp national and class distinctions, ethnic dress denoting low status...

Nagaland and Nagas of Manipur

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 4 : South Asia and Southeast Asia

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The generic label Naga includes a number of ethnic groups, speaking a variety of Tibeto-Burman languages, who live in the lower ranges of the eastern Himalayas in northeastern India and northwestern Myanmar. The everyday and ceremonial...

Nepal

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 4 : South Asia and Southeast Asia

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Nepal’s peoples can be divided by caste, ethnicity, race, language, and religion. Most of the Indo-Aryans are Hindus whose mother tongue is Nepali. The 2001 census identified at least forty-four ethnic groups, mostly Tibeto-Burman...

Awakening The Senses: The Aesthetics of Moroccan Berber Dress

Dress Sense : Emotional and Sensory Experiences of the Body and Clothes

Berg, 2007

Book chapter

...Styles of dress in Morocco during life-cycle transitions, such as childbirth, circumcision, first menstruation, and marriage, can be described as multisensory. For example, before a young boy is circumcised, women apply cool wet henna...

Overview of the Caribbean

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 2 : Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

Encyclopedia entry

...Despite a shared history and similar patterns of development, the Caribbean is one of the most complex, culturally diverse regions on the globe, a result of the vast numbers of people arriving there from all over the world through...

Chad

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The Republic of Chad is a landlocked state in north-central Africa. Most of northern Chad is in the Sahara desert, and the high daytime temperatures and cool nights encourage individuals to wear layered clothing styles. The Chadian...

Laos

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 4 : South Asia and Southeast Asia

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...Thai and Laotian garments are very similar; traditionally Laotian and Thai women wore fabric wrapping the lower body, forming a long skirt, called pha sin. The Laotian form comprises two layers: a colorful outer layer and an inner layer...