Culture is manifested in a number of ways; one is through the customs and traditions of a group of people or a country. For example, the customs and tradition of a Catholic country would most likely have a Catholic orientation that reflects the influence of religion on that culture. Another very good example on how culture is manifested is through clothing, because the clothing of a certain group of people can say a lot about their culture.
However, given that cultures are now easily “transferred” from one place to another, clearly distinguishing one culture from another through clothing has become a little more difficult. But in the past, the way people dressed was highly reflective of their own specific culture and other aspects of their way of life. This was especially true in colonial America.
During colonial times, clothes did more than serve its basic function because the clothes that people wore during those times were also considered as distinguishing marks that reflected their status in life. This was especially true for women, who were then considered as “second class” citizens because they had to wear very uncomfortable clothes that include long-sleeved dresses that were very tight at the waist. In addition to this, women also had to wear corsets, which at times were too tight that it sometimes caused injury to the woman wearing it, and they also had to wear petticoats, which were very heavy and uncomfortable to “carry” around.
As can be expected, the clothes of the men were more comfortable, as they only had to contend with wearing pants up to their knees, overcoats, linen shirts, knee socks and heavy shoes. In addition to these, the only addition to the wardrobe is a powder white wig. Apart from showing their gender, the clothes during those times also showed the status of the one wearing it, which was reflected in the type of material used for the clothes.
One of the best ways to distinguish a culture from each other is to look at the type of clothing that people wear. This is especially true during colonial times in America when the clothes of people reflected not only their gender status and their status in society.
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Source by Damian Sofsian