Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Earringmask or the meaning of clothing

This Ancestor Spirit Mask is haunting me. It has to do with the power respresented by clothing and I draw it almost daily with slightly different details.

"In many societies, people of high rank reserve special items of clothing or decoration for themselves as symbols of their social status. In many cases throughout history, there have been elaborate systems of laws regulating who could wear what. In other societies (including most modern societies), no laws prohibit lower-status people wearing high status garments, but the high cost of status garments effectively limits purchase and display. " [Wikipedia]


sukipoet said...

Interesting about the clothing. I guess nowadays a lot of people wear sort of "in" clothing made by a particular company or person and that clothing symbolizes some sort of status. Do you think it is as obvious as in previous times the status linked to clothing?

I love that what looks to be straw mask. And the Oscar Wilde Quote.

You know I think blogs with our blognames (although some people use their real name I guess) creates a sort of mask behind which we can hide and speak out from. No one really sees us unless we post a photo or knows just where we live or even needs to know our job and yet we commune with each other behind the facade of the blog.

ANDREA said...

Suki, thank you for this very interesting comment. I'm thinking about if it is still as obvious as in previous times. Well I guess so, but as you pointed out, now it is linked to brand-names whereas before perhaps it was linked to the quality of the fabric and the cut of the garment and not so much to a designer's name.

You are right, the blognames can be like masks. We do not have to "appear" in person, or reveal details about personal facts. This sets us free, so to speak, as does a mask we put on for the masked-ball:)

Cris in Oregon said...

Thats so true about wearing high status clothes & the cost. The color Purple was so expensive in the far past that only Royality could afford it so Robes were made of it as statis symbols. Now anyone can afford it. And yes STATIS is still shown thru clothing. Name brands etc.
I have always found writing much easier then being there in person to say things even when the knew who I was and where. Good post Andrea.

Lynn said...

I like those things on the shoulders, I forget what they are called...want to say amlets but may just be making that up. Also taking in your sketching details...lots of squiggling...
Well, some very rich people choose to dress down, even sloppy sometimes so it's not always a show of status...maybe those are people who do not feel they need to show their status in life.