Five Days with a Master Craftsman
Author: Va'a, Unasa L. F.
Source: Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Volume 10, Number 3, September 2006 , pp. 297-313(17)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
Abstract:The Samoan tatau tradition provided a major inspiration for the Pacific, and then global revival of tattoo in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Unlike other islands of the Pacific tatau, in the form of the pe'a for men and the malu for women, has been practised continuously (but never homogenously) in Samoa, despite missionary opposition in the nineteenth century. Based on recent field-work amongst diasporic Samoan communities in New Zealand Unasa Va'a explores local, transnational and diasporic practice and meaning of the increasingly globalised tatau.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2006
Fashion Theory takes as its starting point a definition of “fashion” as the cultural construction of the embodied identity. The importance of studying the body as a site for the deployment of discourses has been well established in a number of disciplines. Until Fashion Theorys launch in 1997 the dressed body had suffered from a lack of critical analysis. Increasingly scholars have recognized the cultural significance of self-fashioning, including not only clothing but also such body alterations as tattooing and piercing.Fashion Theory provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the rigorous analysis of cultural phenomena. Its peer-reviewed articles range from foot-binding to fashion advertising.