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Adat in the Office: The Creative Afterlife of a New Order Cultural Policy

Pollock, Ian


This paper explores the emergence of a new genre of garments in Eastern Indonesia: ‘traditional’ uniforms, made from locally hand-woven cloth, which are worn twice weekly by government employees in Kupang, the capital of the province of East Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Timur, or NTT). These uniforms, which appeared following a 1997 regulation, supported the emergence of a new, urban textile culture, and a partial decoupling of traditional clothing from adat, Indonesian customary law, even as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2016.1268198


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