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Buddhism and History: Fashion vs. culture in Tibet and the modern world
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Fashion, Culture and Tibetan Buddhism Introduction “I speak through my clothes” — Umberto Eco (quoted in, Hebidge, 100) Within current prevailing socio-cultural and religious norms, fashion largely reflects an individual’s identity, attitude and beliefs, while acting a mode to communicate non-verbally.
In this context, the essay will study the relationship that exists between Tibetan Buddhism (its culture and religion) and fashion, while comparing it with Islam and its influence on fashion. Discussion Fashion, social identity and culture In the context of fashion and social identity, observations revealed that an individual interacts with fashion in a same manner he/she interacts with other people, thus using fashion to reveal what he/she wants to personify (Adelman, 735 – 739). The direct contact between the wearer and various fashion elements (such as, clothes and other accessories) help to establish a personal identity (Gronow, 89-100). Since fashion tends to portray the link between physical materials (such as, clothes and jewelry) and the wearer’s personal values, there is also a close connection between fashion and one’s self-perception. Fashion affects the wearer’s self-perception, thus acting like a filter, positioning itself between society and the wearer. ...
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