NCERT Solutions for Class 9 Social Science India and the Contemporary World Unit 8

Clothing: A Social History Class 9

Unit 8 Clothing: A Social History Exercise Solutions

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Q1 :  

Explain the reasons for the changes in clothing patterns and materials in the eighteenth century.


Answer :

Changes in clothing patterns and materials in the eighteenth century came about due to the development of capitalism and globalisation. Industry grew and colonisation brought together people from different cultures and walks of life. Styles and materials drawn from other societies and locations were now becoming popular and especially for men, western clothes were taken on all over the world.

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Q2 :  

What were the sumptuary laws in France?


Answer :

The sumptuary laws in France were aimed at controlling the behaviour of those considered social inferiors. These laws prevented individuals from the lower stratas from wearing certain clothes, consuming certain foods and beverages, and hunting game in certain areas. These laws were in existence in France from about 1294 to the time of the French Revolution in 1789. 

Among other things, these rules tried to regulate the lifestyles of the lower classes by regulating the amount and type of clothes they bought. The materials for clothes were also likewise controlled. The lower classes were disallowed from wearing expensive materials that the aristocracy espoused, like ermine, silk, fur, velvet and brocade.

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Q3 :  

Give any two examples of the ways in which European dress codes were different from Indian dress codes.


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Q4 :  

In 1805, a British official, Benjamin Heyne, listed the manufactures of Bangalore which included the following:

  • Women's cloth of different musters and names

  • Coarse chintz

  • Muslins

  • Silk cloths

Of this list, which kind of cloth would have definitely fallen out of use in the early 1900s and why?


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Q5 :  

Suggest reasons why women in nineteenth century India were obliged to continue wearing traditional Indian dress even when men switched over to the more convenient Western clothing. What does this show about the position of women in society?


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Q6 :  

Winston Churchill described Mahatma Gandhi as a 'seditious Middle Temple Lawyer' now 'posing as a half naked fakir'. What provoked such a comment and what does it tell you about the symbolic strength of Mahatma Gandhi's dress?


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Why did Mahatma Gandhi's dream of clothing the nation in khadi appeal only to some sections of Indians?


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