Dress and Textiles in World Cultures





This course will examine important and characteristic manifestations of dress and appearance and their context in a selection of world cultures. Particular emphasis will be given to objects that are well represented in museum holdings and in the collectors’ markets. The historical range spans more than two millennia, and the settings range from nomadic societies and rural communities to urban court and merchant groups. Dress and appearance frequently reflect religious/symbolic beliefs and ideas of gender, while transmission of design and technology gives opportunities for comparative areas of study. Aspects of material culture, geography and trade will be included, particularly in the examination of dress typologies, the conditions for lifestyles, and textile production and their artifacts. 3 credits.