Reveal and Conceal: Dress in Contemporary Egypt

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Syracuse University Press, Nov 1, 1986 - Political Science - 196 pages
This book is an exciting study of clothing as a complex cultural expression. The author analyses contemporary social meanings found in the symbols of dress and shows the way groups and individuals use the symbols like a language to reveal or conceal significant aspects of their personal identities. Reveal and Conceal contains thirty-three line drawings, clearly depicting the various modes and differences in dress. Forty-eight photographs are included in the book, most of which were taken by the author during her extensive interviews with the women and men of the Egyptian villages and cities she researched.
 

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Contents

Reveal and Conceal
1
Folk Dress
7
Geographical Understandings in Folk Dress
17
The Nile Valley and Oases
47
Desert and Coastal Dwellers
77
Presentation of Self
103
Religion and Dress
149
The Dialectic of Dress in Space and Time
161
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About the author (1986)

Andrea Rugh received her Ph.D from American University. Now an independent researcher and consultant, she has lived and worked in the Middle East for many years.

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