Clothing and Colonialism: The Dungiven costume and the fashioning of early modern identities

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    Abstract

    The entanglement of identity and personal attire in colonial settings is explored through consideration of a tattered set of clothes from late sixteenth-early seventeenth-century Ireland incorporating elements of Irish, English, and Scots fashion. Reconsideration of the clothing, recovered from a bog, provides a rare opportunity to explore the physical manifestations of processes of hybridity and mimesis, as well as the pragmatic accommodations of impoverishment and displacement in colonial settings. In addition to considering the role of material culture in colonial identity formation and negotiation, examination of what has become known as the Dungiven costume also speaks to the ongoing legacy of early modern colonial encounters, as the cultural associations of the garments, and by extension their past wearer(s), continue to be subjected to the politically charged nature of identity politics in contemporary Northern Ireland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)296-318
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Social Archaeology
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    Early online date07 Jul 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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