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Clothing and Culture in South Asia

Clothing may or may not "make the man," but what we wear definitely expresses who we think we are. For the 1.6 billion people living on the Indian subcontinent, getting dressed each day – whether in traditional handmade, exuberantly-ornamented clothing, or mass-produced Western garb – affirms and communicates individual social identity. South Asian dress is as varied as its people, from Gandhi's simple, handspun cotton dhoti or the lovingly embroidered hem of a village girl's skirt, to the bejeweled silk turban of a Rajput prince or the urban chic of a sari made in China and worn by a manager in Mumbai. Courtesy of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, University of Wisconsin at Madison, this exhibition explores the intricate, intimate connections between clothing and culture. Presented by Oakton’s Global Studies Program with support from the Pathways to South Asia Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Grant.

February 10 - March 25 , 2011



Koehnline Museum of Art
Des Plaines campus


September - May*
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Closed Friday, May 29

June - August
Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For special visits call:

Nathan Harpaz, Ph.D.
Manager and Curator