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Author Shukla, Pravina.

Title The grace of four moons : dress, adornment, and the art of the body in modern India / Pravina Shukla ; photographs by Pravina Shukla and Henry Glassie
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2008]
©2008
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 498 pages), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps
Series Material culture
Material culture.
Contents Body art in Banaras -- Getting ready -- Gaze, sacred and secular -- Shopping for clothes -- Weaving saris -- Making jewelry -- Kanhaiya Lal -- Shopping along the Vishvanath Gali -- Assembling bangle sets -- Nina Khanchandani -- Neelam Chaturvedi -- Mukta Tripathi -- After the wedding -- Before the wedding -- The wedding -- The study of body art
Summary Because clothing, food, and shelter are basic human needs, they provide excellent entries to cultural values and individual aesthetics. Everyone gets dressed every day, but body art has not received the attention it deserves as the most common and universal of material expressions of culture. The Grace of Four Moons aims to document the clothing decisions made by ordinary people in their everyday lives. Based on fieldwork conducted primarily in the city of Banaras, India, Pravina Shukla conceptualizes and realizes a total model for the study of body art-understood as all aesthetic modifications and supplementations to the body. Shukla urges the study of the entire process of body art, from the assembly of raw materials and the manufacture of objects, through their sale and the interactions between merchants and consumers, to the consumer's use of objects in creating personal decoration
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-490) and index
Subject Clothing and dress -- India.
Dress accessories -- India.
Saris -- India.
Wedding costume -- India.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007032051
ISBN 0253021219 (electronic bk.)
9780253021212 (electronic bk.)
(cloth)