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Global trade and cultural authentication : the Kalabari of the Niger Delta / edited by Joanne B. Eicher

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Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2022]
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1 online resource (xxi, 306 pages) : illustrations (some color), map.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
I. Cultural authentication and textiles -- 1. Dress, textiles, and the Kalabari material world -- 2. Kalabari cut-thread and pulled-thread cloth -- 3. Cut-thread cloth characteristics -- 4. "Our Great Mother . . . tied this cloth" : pelete bite cloth women, and Kalabari identity -- 5. The economics of making pelete bite -- 6. Indian Madras plaids as Real India -- 7. Ecological systems theory and the significance of imported Madras cloth -- 8. India and West Africa : transformation of velvets -- 9. Designed for wrapping : changes in Indian embroidered velvets produced for the Kalabari -- II. Kalabari dress -- 10. Male and female artistry -- 11. The stages of traditional womanhood -- 12. Dress and gender in women's societies -- 13. The aesthetics of men's dress -- 14. Dress as a symbol of identity of Sir (Chief) O. K. Isokariari -- 15. Beaded and bedecked -- 16. Coral use and meaning -- 17. Headwear -- III. Kalabari rituals -- 18. Celebration and display -- 19. Fitting farewells -- 20. Centenary and masquerade rituals -- 21. Kalabari rituals and dress as multisensory experiences -- IV. The Kalabari diaspora -- 22. The Kalabari diaspora in the twenty-first century.
"Global Trade and Cultural Authentication, edited by Joanne Eicher, showcases the complexity and enduring aesthetic and ingenuity of Kalabari artisans. The Kalabari people, most of whom make their homes in the eastern Niger Delta region of western Africa, are renowned for the artistry in working with globally imported textiles and dress for centuries. The 22 essays in this edited volume feature the work of leading Nigerian and American scholars and offer an in-depth, nuanced understanding of Kalabari textiles, aesthetics, and engagement with past and present global trade networks. Using dress and textiles as a lens, Global Trade and Cultural Authentication explores the Kalabari people's centuries-long role in the global trade arena. Their economic interconnectedness demonstrates that Africa was never a "dark continent" but, rather, critically involved in a global trade built around Kalabari resourcefulness and imagination."-- Provided by publisher
Online resource; title from PDF title page (ProQuest Ebook Central platform, viewed September 14, 2022).
Local Note
Kalabari (African people) -- Nigeria -- Niger River Delta.
Kalabari (African people) -- Commerce -- Nigeria -- Niger River Delta.
Textile industry -- Nigeria -- Niger River Delta.
Clothing and dress -- Nigeria -- Niger River Delta.
HISTORY / Africa / North
Clothing and dress. (OCoLC)fst00864680
Kalabari (African people) (OCoLC)fst00985776
Textile industry. (OCoLC)fst01148828
Nigeria -- Niger River Delta. (OCoLC)fst01258203
Added Author
Eicher, Joanne Bubolz, editor.
Other Form:
Print version: Global trade and cultural authentication. Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2022] 0253062594 (OCoLC)1266895851
9780253062611 (electronic bk.)
0253062616 (electronic bk.)
0253062594 hardcover
9780253062598 hardcover
9780253062604 paperback
0253062608 paperback