Making the Maldives: exploring how the body holds cultural knowledge

Maaz, Malsa (2022) Making the Maldives: exploring how the body holds cultural knowledge. Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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This research explores the weaving culture of the Maldives by focusing on the islands’ traditional embroidery called kasabu viyun. It uses ethnographic information collected during fieldwork in 2018 to explain why it is important to safeguard methods as much as the objects created. It does this by arguing that through the culturally structured physical processes involved in making kasabu, culture and the body are woven together to create an aspect of gendered cultural identity that is not visible in the finished items. By showing how the threads of knowing, body movements and culture tie together in practice, this research will also illustrate how anthropological methods of research can be used in other disciplines - such as heritage - to recognise these intangible elements and the importance of documenting culture for the purpose of preserving and safeguarding it.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: Natalie Williams
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 14:33
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 14:33

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