Dust to dust: a particular history of khaki

Moriarty, Catherine (2010) Dust to dust: a particular history of khaki Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, 8 (3). pp. 304-320. ISSN 1475-9756

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Abstract

This essay is an exploration of the word ‘khaki’ in various metonymic contexts, each touching on its etymological association with dust and ideas of the particle. It is not a technical textile history, though elements of process, production and consumption are, as we will see, critical to the formation of what khaki means. It is, therefore, both in terms of approach and content, a particular history. Its focus is the associative power of khaki – in production, in use, and on disposal and dispersal – and it is this that creates the structural basis that sustains forays into what might be described as khaki’s poetics. Conventional textile studies might focus on what khaki is: this essay argues that to suggest what khaki means involves an exploration of the symbolic and the emotional alongside the material, the technical and the political.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:khaki; uniform; military; dust; recycling; commemoration
Subjects:V000 Historical and Philosophical studies > V100 History by period > V140 Modern History
Faculties:Faculty of Arts
ID Code:6283
Deposited By:Catherine Moriarty
Deposited On:07 Oct 2011 11:08
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