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Nowadays Asmat wear modern second-hand cloths, which arrive in big bags in Agats by boat. However traditional skirts and body-adornment still are used during festive occasions, nowadays mostly combined with western clothing. In former days the Asmat didn’t wear clothes but contact with the western world changed this. Clothes got regarded then as status symbol, like body decorations were worn in order to show the prestige of the owner. Body decoration indicates importance in village hierarchy. Therefore men in Asmat society are far more decorated then women.
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West Papua, body decorations, Dress, body-adornment, Dress after European Contact, Asmat Dress and First European Encounters, Ceremonial Dress, Materials for Dress, Myths and Symbols, New Guinea

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van der Zee, Paulina. 2010. “Asmat Dress.” In Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, ed. Margaret Maynard , 7:471–478. Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers (Fashion Library Ltd).
APA
van der Zee, Paulina. (2010). Asmat dress. In M. Maynard (Ed.), Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands (Vol. 7, pp. 471–478). Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers (Fashion Library Ltd).
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van der Zee P. Asmat dress. In: Maynard M, editor. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers (Fashion Library Ltd); 2010. p. 471–8.
MLA
van der Zee, Paulina. “Asmat Dress.” Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Ed. Margaret Maynard . Vol. 7. Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers (Fashion Library Ltd), 2010. 471–478. Print.
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  abstract     = {Nowadays Asmat wear modern second-hand cloths, which arrive in big bags in Agats by boat. However traditional skirts and body-adornment still are used during festive occasions, nowadays mostly combined with western clothing. In former days the Asmat didn{\textquoteright}t wear clothes but contact with the western world changed this. Clothes got regarded then as status symbol, like body decorations were worn in order to show the prestige of the owner. Body decoration indicates importance in village hierarchy. Therefore men in Asmat society are far more decorated then women.},
  author       = {van der Zee, Paulina},
  booktitle    = {Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands},
  editor       = {Maynard , Margaret },
  isbn         = {9781847883964},
  keyword      = {West Papua,body decorations,Dress,body-adornment,Dress after European Contact,Asmat Dress and First European Encounters,Ceremonial Dress,Materials for Dress,Myths and Symbols,New Guinea},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {471--478},
  publisher    = {Berg Publishers (Fashion Library Ltd)},
  series       = {Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion},
  title        = {Asmat dress},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2010},
}