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"A book with an overwhelming scope . . . The editors march us across six continents, several archipelagos and a few oceans, and through a wide variety of times and political systems, all the while pondering cloth. And the variation among the essays in this volume, by art historians, historians, and anthropologists, is striking. . . . The editors point out that cloth is a metaphor for the connectedness of society and that it has always been politically, socially, and cosmologically important."--"New York Times Book Review"
"The 13 essays in this volume . . .explore the social and political significance of cloth in small-scale and industrial societies. The book has both a materialist and a symbolic focus: the contributors discuss cloth's production and trade as well as its value as a sacred and revered heirloom. There are chapters on indigo dyeing and its relation to gender symbolism in Indonesia, cloth and its function in the Inka state in Peru, folklore and linen manufacturing in early modern Europe, and the role of fabric in the struggle for independence in India, to name just a few."--"American Craft"

About the Author

Annette B. Weiner holds the Kriser Distinguished Professorship in Anthropology and is chair of the Department of Anthropology at New York University. She is the author of "Women of Value, Men of Renown: New Perspectives on Trobriand Exchange," and "The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea." Jane Schneider teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is currently the executive officer of the Ph.D. program in anthropology. She is coauthor of "Culture and Political Economy in Western Sicily."

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  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books; Revised ed. edition (6 Aug. 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DFIDW8Q
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As an applied artist, mainly in textiles, with an academic interest in the folklore and anthropology of my craft this book is invaluable! A must for anyone seriously studying textiles in academia.
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I bought this book for a paper on textiles but I returned it when I discovered the anthropological cut of this publication which was simply useless to me.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8df04360) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
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HASH(0x8d2a8030) out of 5 stars Not for fiber fans 4 Nov. 2006
By Laura Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a fine volume of dense anthropological articles. If the reader is hoping for something along the lines of the excellent Elizabeth Wayland Barber's works, they should look elsewhere. I don't know how it rates as anthropology, but the topics are much, much narrower than 'human experience,' confined to examination of particular ethnic and cultural custom in which cloth (widely defined) is involved.
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HASH(0x8d2a8084) out of 5 stars Contents 29 Dec. 2009
By 2crazy4books2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cloth and Human Experience

edited by annette weiner & jane schneider

1989

431 pages (12 papers presented at a 1983 Werner-Gren Foundation conference dealing with the importance and significance of cloth in societies. includes madagascar, zaire, europe, mexico, kodi, Africa, Indonesia, India, Japan, Mexico and Inka and more. 27 photographs. specific themes that reveal the properties of cloth that underlie its social and political contributions within broad historical time periods
HASH(0x8d9d94f8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
By Bernadette Hackett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nice to see such a good book on fabric.

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HASH(0x8d2a830c) out of 5 stars Excellent for general interest and teaching 31 Mar. 2008
By xx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The essays in this book are fascinating and demonstrate compelling links that fabrics play in larger cultural realms. A few of the essays in this collection have been required reading for my undergraduate (and even high school) Fibers and Weaving classes for years.
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HASH(0x8d2a854c) out of 5 stars Wonderful 27 Jan. 2013
By SH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best texts I have found. As an anthro student who wishes to go in to Textile study- this book is a godsend.
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