Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing around by Jill Condra

By Jill Condra

The members to Encyclopedia of nationwide costume: conventional garments round the World learn garments that's symbolic of the folk who reside in areas around the globe, delivering a ancient and geographic viewpoint that illustrates how humans costume and explains the explanations in the back of the fabric, layout, and style.
The encyclopedia includes a preface and advent to its contents. each one access within the encyclopedia contains a brief ancient and geographical history for the subject ahead of discussing the garments of individuals in that kingdom or zone of the realm. This paintings should be of serious curiosity to school scholars getting to know model, type background, or historical past in addition to to undergraduate scholars and basic readers drawn to anthropology, textiles, style, ethnology, background, or ethnic gown.

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Tuareg men wear a large turban called a tagelmust made of cotton cloth called aleshu (dyed in deep indigo) some 16 feet (five meters) long. The turban is wrapped around the head in such a way as to cover the lower face in a fold that can be lifted up and down. The tagulmust can be made of any piece of long cloth and can be any color, but the dark indigo rubs off onto the skin, making it a dark blue color. Indigo is expensive, so this is sometimes seen as a status symbol. Women also wear a headscarf called an erkerkey or adalil that usually falls over the shoulders and that they can bring up to cover the face when necessary.

The dresses were belted with a number of different wide sashes; unmarried women wore belts in blue or white, red being reserved for married women. Some of the more decorative 24 | Encyclopedia of National Dress sashes were made from cloth strips woven in Biskra, Sfax, or Jerbah while more common ones were long pieces of cloth the woman could use for a number of uses and then stick back inside the belt fold. Men Men in northern Algeria, where most of the population lived prior to French invasion, wore clothes similar to clothing in other urban regions of North Africa.

Since the early 19th century, a large Armenian population lived in the Akhaltzkha region of Georgia. In this region, women adorned their aprons with gold threaded couching in a paisley motif. The initials of the maker were also couched into the paisley motif in each corner at the bottom of the long apron, which was often made of red velvet. At a very early age girls learned the technique of knotted needle lace that usually adorned household items, such as edgings of bed linens, tablecloths, and underwear.

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