DANGEROUS CLOTH :The Under Side of Textiles

Martin, Lois
January 1997
Surface Design Journal;Winter97, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p5
Trade Publication
The article discusses the dark side of cloth, or menacing qualities of cloth that lie just under the surface. According to the article, the anthropology of cloth includes such violent usages as strangulation, binding, gagging, and blinding. Among the Bunu Yoruba people of Nigeria, one type of cloth is so lethal that it must be woven outside the village. Also discussed is the use of cloth such as a ski mask or stocking to disguise a criminal or conceal a crime and the use of clothing to hide a weapon, such as a dagger under a cloak.


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