International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | History | India | Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024 | Rating: 4.9 / 10

Contours of Change: British Colonial Impact on the Clothing of Elite Bengali Women (1864 - 1947)

Susmita Das [4]

Abstract: This research delves into the profound British influence experienced by Bengal during the last 83 years of British colonial rule, from 1864 to 1947, focusing on the transformative impact on the clothing of elite Bengali women. The study encompasses the Victorian and Edwardian periods, marked by distinct cultural shifts in Britain, reflecting in the evolving fashion sensibilities of this era. Through a meticulous examination of historical events, policies, and socio - cultural dynamics, the research explores the intricate interplay between British influences and Bengal's clothing tradition of elite women. This research seeks to unravel the multifaceted layers of colonial impact on Bengal's societal, economic, political, and cultural fabrics. The specific focus on elite Bengali women's attire unveils how their clothing choices became a tangible expression of the amalgamation of indigenous and British elements. By scrutinizing the Victorian and Edwardian fashion epochs, it is aimed to discern the nuanced changes that shaped the elite Bengali women's wardrobe, offering insights into the broader narrative of colonial influence on the region.

Keywords: British colonialism, Bengal, Victorian era, Edwardian era, acculturation, elite Bengali women, fashion evolution, societal transformations

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024,

Pages: 364 - 367

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