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Clothing Across Cultures

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Social Studies +2 Age Level Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This teaching collection was made to accompany the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum lesson plan "Saris, Kimonos, Togas & Smocks: Exploring Clothing Across Cultures." In addition to saris, kimonos, togas, and smocks, huipils and kanga are used as examples of culturally-specific clothing.

The lesson asks students to complete think about the cultural importance of clothing, and then to research a specific type of clothing and build a presentation around that research. Students might use this collection as a source for images for their presentation, to inspire research topics, or as a common basis for discussion with their peers.

Kimono

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Kimono

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Kimono

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Kimono

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Geisha Kimono

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Under-kimono

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Child's kimono

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Girl in a silver kimono

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

[Portrait of a woman in a white kimono], [1860 - ca. 1900]. [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Woman's ensemble

National Museum of African Art

Textile

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Fragment

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Justin Smith Morrill

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Justinian, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Hippocrates, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Meditation, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Elizabeth I (detail) [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Portrait of a Man [photomechanical print]

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

William the Silent, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Is It So Nominated In The Bond?, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Elizabeth I

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Huipil

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Huipil

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Huipil

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Huipil

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Hongera Barack Obama

National Museum of African Art

Factory printed cloth

National Museum of African Art