Sources on Dress and Ornamentation (Tracy Pintchman, Spring 2004)

Compiled by Tracy Pintchman

Many thanks to all who responded to my call for sources addressing religious/cultural meanings of dress and ornamentation in India. Here is the list of sources.


_The Sari_ (no other bibliographic information given–it is a new book)

Emma Tarlo, _Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India_ (Univ of Chicago, 1996).

Robert Hardgrave, “The Breast Cloth Controversy,” (Indian Economic and Social History Review, 1968, 5, no. 2)’ also _The Nadars of Tamil Nadu_ (UC Berkeley: 1969).

Dick Kooiman, _Conversion and Social Equality in India_ (Manohar, Delhi: 1989)

Cohn, Bernard. _Colonialism and its Forms of Knowledge_ (has an essay on clothing)

Leslie, Julia. 1992. ‘The Significance of Dress for the Orthodox Hindu Woman.’ In _Dress and Gender: Making and Meaning in Cultural Contexts_, ed. Ruth Barnes and Joanne B. Eicher. Oxford: Berg Publishers.

Thompson, Julia J. 1997. “Unmasking Culture: Women and Beauty Salons in Kathmandu, Nepal.” PhD Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Eliza Kent, _Converting Women_ (has a chapter on the religious significance of dress mostly among Indian Christian women)

_Hair: its power and meaning in Asian cultures_, edited by Alf Hiltebeitel and Barbara D. Miller; foreword by Gananath Obeyesekere.