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Ethnic Dress : A Comprehensive Guide to the Folk Costume of the World Hardcover – Unabridged, September, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File; 1ST edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816031363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816031368
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA?Contemporary costume throughout the world is beautifully photographed in this attractive volume. It focuses on the dress of people who "do not adhere to the trends of Westernized fashion." In addition to the wide scope and aesthetic appeal of this book, readers will find a concise description of the ethnic composition along with maps of the areas.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

It is amazing to observe how traditional forms of dress have survived for centuries?even if today they are worn only for holiday or ceremonial occasions. Such costumes from all regions of the world are represented here in 500 full-color photographs of individuals and groups. Considering the scope, treatment is necessarily brief but does include fascinating facts about the background, traditions, and evolution of the garments as well as design, materials, and decorations. The result is a kaleidoscope of exotic hues and embellishments. Maps identify each geographic region, and a two-page glossary is added. Fashion historian Kennett (A Woman by Design, LJ 11/1/88) shows respect for her subject and appreciation of diverse cultures. An exciting resource for designers and students, this book will also delight armchair travelers. Highly recommended for public, academic, and specialized collections.?Therese D. Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tracy E. Wallace on March 21, 2001
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Got questions about what people wear outside of your neck of the woods? Need to know what a burga is? Then celebrate the dress of persons who do not subscribe to westernized apparel. Clothing in most parts of the world is not just about being a shield from the elements but a way to express spiritual, ritual and social beliefs. The book is concise with text and color photographs of contemporary dress from the continents of North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Central Asia & The Caucasus, Southeast Asia, India, The Far East and Oceania. The price for this book is a great value!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharen Nyberg on May 15, 2013
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wonderful pictures and excellent background on each costume, wonderful resource book I have other books I also use as resources and this will be a terrific addition.
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By Paet on October 9, 2013
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This book is really interesting. It is not a historical study but rather modern clothing that sadly is being lost due to westernization of style. It is a wonderful look at color and will give any artist or designer much to consider. I highly recommend it.
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By rebelquilter on September 30, 2014
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Looks like a great resource for finding inspirations for fashion design with a foundation of ethnicity.
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