Category: Objects That Matter

Objects That Matter

Our exclusive series: Learn the original context to a particular object of cultural heritage, then compare with its widespread influence on, or appropriation by the Western fashion industry.
  • Hair/Headwear

The Durag

The durag, a staple headwear accessory in modern fashion and stylistic trends, also holds a complex history deeply rooted in African American heritage.

  • Accessories

Geta

The geta is a wooden thonged sandal that comes from Japan. One of the many traditional footwear of Japan, the geta makes its distinction from the rest with its elevated stilts, or “teeth,” on the sole.

  • Textiles

Malong

The malong is a multipurpose tubular garment that carries you through momentous rituals and offers necessary assistance during everyday activities.

  • Garments

Malong

The malong is a multipurpose tubular garment that carries you through momentous rituals and offers necessary assistance during everyday activities.

  • Adornment

Nath

The nath is a nose ornament worn by Hindu women in India for weddings or religious ceremonies.