Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun And Modern India

Hardcover | June 14, 2007

byLisa N. Trivedi

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In Clothing Gandhi's Nation, Lisa Trivedi explores the making of one of modern India's most enduring political symbols, khadi: a homespun, home-woven cloth. The image of Mohandas K. Gandhi clothed simply in a loincloth and plying a spinning wheel is familiar around the world, as is the sight of Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and other political leaders dressed in "Gandhi caps" and khadi shirts. Less widely understood is how these images associate the wearers with the swadeshi movement-which advocated the exclusive consumption of indigenous goods to establish India's autonomy from Great Britain-or how khadi was used to create a visual expression of national identity after Independence. Trivedi brings together social history and the study of visual culture to account for khadi as both symbol and commodity. Written in a clear narrative style, the book provides a cultural history of important and distinctive aspects of modern Indian history.

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In Clothing Gandhi's Nation, Lisa Trivedi explores the making of one of modern India's most enduring political symbols, khadi: a homespun, home-woven cloth. The image of Mohandas K. Gandhi clothed simply in a loincloth and plying a spinning wheel is familiar around the world, as is the sight of Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and other polit...

Lisa Trivedi is Associate Professor of History at Hamilton College. She lives in New Hartford, New York.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.89 inPublished:June 14, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025334882X

ISBN - 13:9780253348821

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. A Politics of Consumption: Swadeshi and Its Institutions
2. Technologies of Nationhood: Visually Mapping the Nation
3. The Nation Clothed: Making an "Indian" Body
4. Rituals of Time: The Flag and the Nationalist Calendar
5. Inhabiting National Space: Khadi in Public
Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"... a fascinating and informative study of that most familiar artefact of Indian nationalism. Its main achievement is to present a coherent and very persuasive analysis of the ways in which this basic, everyday object became representative of the nation." -Journal of Social History, Summer 2009