Monday, May 01, 2023

Pg. 99: Karen Tranberg Hansen's "Dress Cultures in Zambia"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Dress Cultures in Zambia: Interwoven Histories, Global Exchanges, and Everyday Life by Karen Tranberg Hansen.

About the book, from the publisher:
Drawing on half-a-century of research in Zambia and regional scholarship, Karen Tranberg Hansen offers a vibrant history of changing dress practices from the late-colonial period to the present day. Exploring how the dressed body serves as the point of contact between personal, local, and global experiences, she argues that dress is just as central to political power as it is to personal style. Questioning the idea that the West led fashion trends elsewhere, Hansen demonstrates how local dress conventions appropriated western dress influences as Zambian and shows how Zambia contributed to global fashions, such as the colourful Chitenge fabric that spread across colonial trading networks. Brought to life with colour illustrations and personal anecdotes, this book spotlights dress not only as an important medium through which Zambian identities are negotiated, but also as a key reflector and driver of history.
Learn more about Dress Cultures in Zambia at the Cambridge University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Dress Cultures in Zambia.

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