Conflict and Costume: The Herero Tribe of Namibia (Hardback)
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Short Description for Conflict and Costume Conflict and Costume presents more than 70 vibrant portraits of Herero people in traditional Victorian-style and paramilitary costume. With an introduction on the history of the Herero since the 19th century and the origins of their dress, this book will appeal to anyone interested in costume history, African culture and photography.
- Published: 19 February 2013
- Format: Hardback 108 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781858946009 ISBN 10: 185894600X
- Sales rank: 248,940
Full description for Conflict and Costume
The magnificent costume of the Herero of Namibia, southern Africa, is a stark reminder of the country's tumultuous past. In the late 19th century, the influence of missionaries and traders in German Southwest Africa led to the adoption by the Herero of the European dress of the day. Over time, the voluminous gowns, completed by a cattle-horn-shaped headdress, came to represent the cultural identity of the Herero women. The men's ceremonial dress also harks back to colonial times: following the brutal war of 1904, the Herero adapted the uniforms of German soldiers for their own Otruppe ('troops') movement. In Conflict and Costume, acclaimed photographer Jim Naughten captures the colourful Herero attire in a series of spectacular portraits. Set against the Namibian landscape, these dramatic images show the striking costumes and their proud owners to full effect: men in elaborate, home-made paramilitary uniforms, and women in floor-length frocks with matching horns. Dr Lutz Marten contributes an insightful text that places the dress in its historical context.