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Editors: Chapurukha M. Kusimba, J. Claire Odland, and Bennet Bronson.
Foreword by: Marla C. Berns and John W. McCarter.
Illustrator: David L. Fuller.
Additional Contributors: Sarah Fee, Rebecca L. Green, Edgar Krebs, Ralph Linton, Liliana Mosca, Simon Peers, Richard Peigler, Chantal Radimilahy, Michel Razafiarivony, and Wendy Walker.
ISBN-10: 0-930741-95-1 (0930741951)
ISBN-13: 978-0-930741-95-2 (9780930741952)
Language: English
No. of Pages: 196
Dimensions: 230mm x 305mm x 16mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 1233
Shelving Location: Art & Photography
Estimated Value: £32.00
Purchase Date: 25 October 2007
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Unwrapping the Textile Traditions of Madagascar

First edition
(Textile Series)
Field Museum / UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (2004).
Softcover Book

A discussion of Madagascar's textile traditions, region by region, giving a systematic overview of the woven products of each part of the country. It includes details of cloth types and explores contrasting uses and meanings among the various cultures of the island. It also publishes for the first time many of the remarkable cloths from the collection assembled by Ralph Linton in 1926 and 1927 for the Field Museum.


  • Forewords
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction to Madagascar and Its Textile Traditions
  • Ralph Linton in Madagascar 1927–1927
  • Market Day in Madagascar
  • The W. T. Rawleigh Collection of Malagasy Portraits, 1910–1930
  • Betsileo Textiles: Negotiating Identity between Living and Dead
  • Textile Traditions of Southwestern Madagascar
  • Beyond the Lamba: Costume in the Southeast of Madagascar
  • Sakalava Textiles in the Field Museum Collection
  • History and Change in the Weaving of Highland Madagascar
  • The Silk Moths of Madagascar
  • Wrapping Up Malagasy Textiles
  • Appendix A: The Lamba Song
  • Appendix B: Lamba and Proverbs
  • Endnotes
  • References Cited
  • Contributors
  • Index

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