Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Hardback)Lisa N. Trivedi (author)
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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 "Gandhi caps" 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.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Trivedi engages with relevant theoretical and historiographical issues, and this is done whle maintaining a clear, and readable narrative. . . . Students will find it accessible and informative as they study the history of modern India. Researchers working on nationalism, consumption and visual studies will find this thoughtfully argued book very useful indeed. Vol. 18.4, December 2010 * Contemporary South Asia *
. . .a significant contribution to both Gandhian studies and our understanding of India between 1920 and 1940. * Religious Studies Review *
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