Scientific American; Supplement Volume 38

Scientific American; Supplement Volume 38

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...In this custom the Coreans are again Chinese, iind not altogether uii-Japaiiese. No Corean Thev have a great asons and to L Medes Says this Greek historian, Strabo, "Trougeys are proper to be worn in cold and northerly places such as those in Media, but they are not b anv ineans adapted to inhabitants of the South-" but he adds that after the Persiansconquered the Medes, "The custom however. of the vanquished appeared to the conquerz ors to be so noble, and appropriate to royal state, that, instead of nakedness or scanty clothing, they endured the use of the feminine garment, and were entirely covered to the feet." But it is not alone in " cold and northerly places" that women invented trousers for their outdoor apparel. The first white men who visited Senegainbia, as early as the sixteenth centurv, found the beautiful Fellatah women wearing short, close fitting trousers as an equally appropriate costume for the tropics, and the same fashion abides to this day in Morocco, Algiers and Tunis. Since it is thus established that the bifurcated garment was a feminine invention for female attire, woman, in returning to "divided skirts" or "oriental trousers," will merely return to a perfectly womanly, eminently sensible fashion of her own original creation. For thousands of ears man wore skirts; scanty skirts, full skirts, plaited skirts, long skirts or short skirts. whether fighting, trading, preaching or manufacturing, precisely as woman does now (for she is s'ill engaged in all these occupations in some parts of the world). Man has worn single gowns, double gowns, gowns trailing in the dust in true street sweeper fashion, apparently without thought of impropriety in such imitation of...show more

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  • Paperback | 914 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 46mm | 1,597g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236941764
  • 9781236941763