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Threads of Memory: Reproducing the cypress tree through sensual consumption

Warin, Megan J; Dennis, Simone

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This paper is concerned with the ways in which a group of Persian women, who have all fled Iran in the last two decades, give meaning to place and memory through the everyday practices of cooking and embroidery. While there are many different localized arts of patterning and flavor, we focus here on the recurring pattern of bota (the Cypress tree). In particular, we examine how the bota motif links both the making of domestic sweets and cloths, and is central in recalling and remaking a sense...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWarin, Megan J
dc.contributor.authorDennis, Simone
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:44:28Z
dc.identifier.issn0725-6868
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/37436
dc.description.abstractThis paper is concerned with the ways in which a group of Persian women, who have all fled Iran in the last two decades, give meaning to place and memory through the everyday practices of cooking and embroidery. While there are many different localized arts of patterning and flavor, we focus here on the recurring pattern of bota (the Cypress tree). In particular, we examine how the bota motif links both the making of domestic sweets and cloths, and is central in recalling and remaking a sense of place. The Cypress tree symbolises life: the continuation of life in place, and the continuation of place in life. In creating and consuming the bota motif, through eating, laying tablecloths, wrapping towels, sitting on cushions and drawing curtains, embodied experiences of landscape and relationships are reproduced. The embroidery items entail and occasion sensual engagement in and of themselves, and also serve as backgrounds for specific sensual engagements, including, for example, as tablecloths upon which food will be served. Engagement with the bota pattern cannot be characterised along strictly divided sensual dimensions. Rather, we argue that the senses are intertwined in a synaesthetic knot in which memory is embodied and reproduced.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceJournal of Intercultural Studies
dc.subjectKeywords: Embodiment; Memory; Migration; Sensual consumption
dc.titleThreads of Memory: Reproducing the cypress tree through sensual consumption
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume26
dc.date.issued2005
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.absfor160303 - Migration
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3923986xPUB149
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWarin, Megan J, University of Adelaide
local.contributor.affiliationDennis, Simone, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1-2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage159
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage170
local.identifier.doi10.1080/07256860500074367
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T10:45:07Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-27944458482
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