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Cloth and Human Experience
Cloth and Human Experience explores a wide variety of cultures and eras, discussing production and trade, economics, and symbolic and spiritual associations.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 17th 1991 by Smithsonian Books
(first published 1989)
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The introduction was useful for my purposes as a nice articulation of the sociological importance of cloth at various times and places. The variety was tremendous -- different kinds of fabric as transmitters of wealth on Pacific Islands, mulberry and other fiber-based fabrics made by minority ethnic groups in what is now Japan, and how those were assimilated into the empire; the ways in which Sikh dress was shaped by the British colonization of India.