Clothing Gandhi's Nation

Clothing Gandhi's Nation

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In Clothing Gandhi's Nation, Lisa Trivedi explores the making of one of modern India's most enduring political symbols, khadi: a homespun, home-woven cloth. The image of Mohandas K. Gandhi clothed simply in a loincloth and plying a spinning wheel is familiar around the world, as is the sight of Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and other political leaders dressed in qGandhi capsq and khadi shirts. Less widely understood is how these images associate the wearers with the swadeshi movement -- which advocated the exclusive consumption of indigenous goods to establish India's autonomy from Great Britain -- or how khadi was used to create a visual expression of national identity after Independence. Trivedi brings together social history and the study of visual culture to account for khadi as both symbol and commodity. Written in a clear narrative style, the book provides a cultural history of important and distinctive aspects of modern Indian history.As the kurta pajama gained notoriety as a Congress uniform of sorts, however, it was made a€œfashionable, a€ or at least ... Still, the familiar cut of the cloth made it easy to adopt in the face of the other choices available; it was clearly not Western .

Title:Clothing Gandhi's Nation
Author:Lisa N. Trivedi
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2007-06-14


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