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Title:Meaning of Blankets, Towels and T-Shirts in the Context of Acculturation in South Africa
Author:Trollip, Anna-Marie
Year:1995
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Volume:18
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:150-154
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:clothing
symbols
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Abstract:This article on dress practices in South Africa investigates the meaning of specific dress symbols and practices in the context of acculturation; dress manifestations as reflections of the forces that affect the individual; and dress as a material artifact that reflects the mentifacts of a culture (beliefs, values, attitudes). The dress items selected for discussion include blankets, towels, and T-shirts. Fieldwork was carried out among samples of Ndzundza-Ndebele and Tsonga women. The findings illustrate the importance of dress as a powerful instrument to negotiate a socially constituted self and to define socially constituted environments. They also show that particular dress items were used to facilitate transition in a process of social change. Bibliogr., sum. in English and Afrikaans.
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