Cloth and Human Experience
Cloth and Human Experience explores a wide variety of cultures and eras, discussing production and trade, economics, and symbolic and spiritual associations. 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.