Recycling Indian Clothing: Global Contexts of Reuse and Value

Recycling Indian Clothing: Global Contexts of Reuse and Value

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By (author) Lucy Norris

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 18mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253222087
  • ISBN 13: 9780253222084
  • Illustrations note: 16 color illustrations 7 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 508,090

Product description

In today's globally connected marketplace, a wedding sari in rural north India may become a woman's blouse or cushion cover in a Western boutique. Lucy Norris' anthropological study of the recycling of clothes in Delhi follows garments as they are gifted, worn, handed on, discarded, recycled, and sold once more. Gifts of clothing are used to make and break relationships within middle-class households, but a growing surplus of unwanted clothing now contributes to a global glut of textile waste. When old clothing is, for instance, bartered for new kitchen utensils, it enters a vast waste commodity system in which it may be resold to the poor or remade into new textiles and exported. Norris traces these local and transnational flows through homes and markets as she tells the stories of the people who work in the largely hidden world of fabric recycling.

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Author information

Lucy Norris is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. She is author (with Michael Hitchcock) of Bali, The Imaginary Museum: The Photographs of Walter Spies and Beryl de Zoete.

Review quote

"Norris succeeds in opening up for scholarly discussion an important new area of textile and South Asian studies, and produces a text that will be enjoyed across disciplines by students and scholars interested in global practices of recycling and the circulation of material culture." Cultural Analysis"

Table of contents

Recycling Indian clothing: the global context; Fieldwork contexts; Looking through the wardrobe; Love and protection: strategies of conservation; Sacrifice and exchange; Adding value: recycling and transformation; Value and potential