Gold and Cholis: Indian Christian Sartorial Style

Eliza F. Kent

in Converting Women

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165074
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835171 | DOI:
 Gold and Cholis: Indian Christian Sartorial Style

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The sartorial styles that Indian Christians adopted in the 19th and early 20th centuries reflected the new social identities that accompanied the conversion to Christianity. Sartorial style functioned an arena for displaying and contesting claims about the social and moral condition of individuals and communities. Men’s and women’s bodies served as vehicles for broadcasting new assertions of respectable community identity, an identity drawn from a pool of signifiers from both Western bourgeois and elite Indian culture.

Keywords: sartorial style; Indian Christians; social identities; religious conversion

Chapter.  17443 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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