Kamla-Raj 2004                                                                                    J. Soc. Sci., 8(2): 113-127 (2004)



Dressing Lord Jagannatha in Silk: Cloth, Clothes, and Status


Katherine Hacker


University of British Columbia, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, 6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2 Canada

E-mail: kfh@interchange.ubc.ca


KEYWORDS Jagannatha; temple authority; contem-porary ritual practices; Gitagovinda; cloth; weavers. 


ABSTRACT Particular cloths in Orissa such as a silk ikat with verses from the Gitagovinda, function in specific, highly codified ways within a ritual domain at the Jagannatha temple in Puri. Drawing on both historical documents and contemporary practices, this paper focuses on the circulation of cloth in various ritual and social arenas related to the temple, underscoring a dynamic process of status negotiation, contestation or enhancement.


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