African Lace-bark in the Caribbean

The Construction of Race, Class, and Gender

Author: Steeve O. Buckridge

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472569318

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 216

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In Caribbean history, the European colonial plantocracy created a cultural diaspora in which African slaves were torn from their ancestral homeland. In order to maintain vital links to their traditions and culture, slaves retained certain customs and nurtured them in the Caribbean. The creation of lace-bark cloth from the lagetta tree was a practice that enabled slave women to fashion their own clothing, an exercise that was both a necessity, as clothing provisions for slaves were poor, and empowering, as it allowed women who participated in the industry to achieve some financial independence. This is the first book on the subject and, through close collaboration with experts in the field including Maroon descendants, scientists and conservationists, it offers a pioneering perspective on the material culture of Caribbean slaves, bringing into focus the dynamics of race, class and gender. Focussing on the time period from the 1660s to the 1920s, it examines how the industry developed, the types of clothes made, and the people who wore them. The study asks crucial questions about the social roles that bark cloth production played in the plantation economy and colonial society, and in particular explores the relationship between bark cloth production and identity amongst slave women.
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Fashion History

A Global View

Author: Linda Welters,Abby Lillethun

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474253652

Category: Design

Page: 248

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Fashion History: A Global View proposes a new perspective on fashion history. Arguing that fashion has occurred in cultures beyond the West throughout history, this groundbreaking book explores the geographic places and historical spaces that have been largely neglected by contemporary fashion studies, bringing them together for the first time. Reversing the dominant narrative that privileges Western Europe in the history of dress, Welters and Lillethun adopt a cross-cultural approach to explore a vast array of cultures around the globe. They explore key issues affecting fashion systems, ranging from innovation, production and consumption to identity formation and the effects of colonization. Case studies include the cross-cultural trade of silk textiles in Central Asia, the indigenous dress of the Americas and of Hawai'i, the cosmetics of the Tang Dynasty in China, and stylistic innovation in sub-Saharan Africa. Examining the new lessons that can be deciphered from archaeological findings and theoretical advancements, the book shows that fashion history should be understood as a global phenomenon, originating well before and beyond the fourteenth century European court, which is continually, and erroneously, cited as fashion's birthplace. Providing a fresh framework for fashion history scholarship, Fashion History: A Global View will inspire inclusive dress narratives for students and scholars of fashion, anthropology, and cultural studies.
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Flight to Freedom

African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas

Author: Alvin O. Thompson

Publisher: University of the West Indies Press

ISBN: 9789766401801

Category: History

Page: 381

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This book is about the struggles of enslaved Africans in the Americas who achieved freedom through flight and the establishment of Maroon communities in the face of overwhelming military odds on the part of the slaveholders.
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The Americana

A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and Sciences, Literature, History, Biography, Geography, Commerce, Etc., of the World. Biographies

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Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

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Hortica

A Color Cyclopedia of Garden Flora in All Climates and Indoor Plants

Author: Alfred Byrd Graf

Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Gardening

Page: 1216

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The third book in Dr. Graf's renowned series of pictorial encyclopedias on ornamental plants in horticulture, this book present, in a kaleidoscope of eight thousand color photographs, more than ten thousand ornamental and fruited plants and trees, including herbaceous perennials and annuals, cacti and other succulents, flowering shrubs and trees, water plants, climbers and creepers, bamboos and grasses, fruits and berries, and exotic plants for indoors, for every climate worldwide. Each entry includes a description of the plant's native habitat and its climatic preferences, including its USDA zone.
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