This book is an exciting study of clothing as a complex cultural expression. The author analyses contemporary social meanings found in the symbols of dress and shows the way groups and individuals use the symbols like a language to reveal or conceal significant aspects of their personal identities. Reveal and Conceal contains thirty-three line drawings, clearly depicting the various modes and differences in dress. Forty-eight photographs are included in the book, most of which were taken by the author during her extensive interviews with the women and men of the Egyptian villages and cities she researched.
Andrea B. Rugh received her Ph.D from American University. Now an independent researcher and consultant, she has lived and worked in the Middle East for many years.
7 x 10, 196 pages, 80 black and white illustrations