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In this chapter the term 'fashion' is considered within the context of regular and systemic change, regardless of whether it applies to western dress or ethnic Ambonese dress and irrespective of its place and time. It includes analyses of physical changes dress brought to the body. The starting point of Frank's conceptual framework is the body itself. He considers body as active in and reactive to society, instead of the body being constrained by and therefore indicative of society. Dress simultaneously reveals and conceals parts of the body; dress also simultaneously reveals and conceals identity. Development or change of dress styles indicates an acceptance of contingency. Consciousness of 'lack' was the most consistent feature of impetus of dress development and display in colonial society in Ambon. Thus dress is considered within distinct cultural groups and individual, and group dress styles and respective developments are analysed within their own cultural contexts.

Keywords: dress styles; ethnic Ambonese dress; Frank's conceptual framework



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