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“Our dress”: Chitenge as Zambia’s national fabric

Karen Tranberg Hansen

Karen Tranberg Hansen is Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Fashion and Materiality : Cultural Practices in Global Contexts

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

Book chapter

...When women in Zambia tell you that their “chitenge” outfits are “traditional,” they are talking about an invented tradition that keeps evolving as a result of changing inspirations from across the African continent and beyond. It is “our...

East Africa

Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Volume 1 : Africa

Berg Publishers, 2010

Encyclopedia entry

...The production of textiles in East Africa has a long and varied history. In countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, which now form part of the East African Community, cotton garments were comparatively uncommon prior...

Other People's Clothes? The International Secondhand Clothing Trade and Dress Practices in Zambia

Karen Tranberg Hansen

Karen Tranberg Hansen is Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion

Berg, 2009

Encyclopedia entry

...Source: Fashion Theory, 4(3) (Berg Publishers, 2000), 245–74.World-wide exports of second-hand clothing from North America and Europe have expanded rapidly in recent years, with spectacular import increases in sub-Saharan Africa over...