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Women's Costume of the Near and Middle East

by Jennifer Scarce

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Specialized and useful document that even has some sewing patterns, but unfortunately the pictures are all black and white.
  joumanamedlej | Jul 15, 2009 |
I have a long standing interest in the clothing of the Near and Middle East, so this book drew my attention. Unfortunately, the title is misleading. This book is ultimately concerned with women's clothing of the Ottoman Empire, and doesn't even do a good job on that.

Scarce attempts to review the clothing traditions that influenced Ottoman clothing. She wanders far afield, and in my opinion, often astray, as she jumps to questionable conclusions about the connections among the disparate systems, Chinese, Byzantine, Persian, and Egyptian.

The section on actual Ottoman clothing ought to be the best, but there, too, Scarce trips and falls. The illustrations are often insufficiently captioned, lacking important information, so that the reader may not always realize what the true relationship of each is to the text and to other garments. Some items from specific ethnic and cultural groups living within the Ottoman Empire are presented as if they are representative of Ottoman Turkish clothing, and the relevant information, which i have found in other sources, is lacking anywhere in the book.

I use this book for historic costume re-creation, but only in conjunction with other books on the clothing of the various groups she draws from which include better historical details and information on the provenance of specific garments. ( )
  lilinah | Feb 21, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0700715606, Paperback)

The historical and cultural richness of the Near and Middle East is reflected visually in its costume. In this book, Jennifer Scarce makes brilliant use of years or research to provide a lucid acount of the development of women's dress from the fourteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Her study of costume is set in th ebroader context of the social and economic background of the Ottoman Empire, giving the subject a new an fascinating slant.
A detailed discussion of cut and construction is accompanied by pattern layouts and numerous photographs which clearly illustrate the different styles of dress through the centuries.
Women's costume of the Near and Middle East is a hitherto sadly neglected subject. After years of original research across the world, this gap has been admirably filled by Jennifer Scarce's scholarly readable study.

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"The historical and cultural richness of the Near and Middle East is reflected visually in its costume. In this book, Jennifer Scarce makes use of years of research to provide a lucid account of the development of women's dress from the 14th to the early 20th centuries. Her study of costume is set in the broader context of the social and economic background of the Ottoman Empire, giving the subject a new and fascinating slant." "A detailed discussion of cut and construction is accompanied by pattern layouts and numerous photographs which clearly illustrate the different styles of dress through the centuries."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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