chapter  25
Handmade textiles: global markets and authenticity: Victoria L. Rovine
WithVICTORIA L. ROVINE
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A recent article in The New York Times focusing on a merchant in Astoria, Queens, described the fad for Indian tunic blouses with sequined embroidery. The article offered a vivid illustration of the phenomena that characterize many contemporary fashion markets: (1) the globalization of clothing styles and fashion manufacture; (2) the changing identities associated with garments, textiles, and styles of dress; (3) the revival and re-creation of forms associated with “tradition”; and (4) the adaptation of new production techniques to suit changing markets. This essay focuses on one element that remains constant in the midst of fashion’s global markets and shifting terrains: the role of texture, both literal and conceptual, in the production of “authentic” styles of clothing.