Folklife Resources for Educators
Materials Related to Costume
There are 3 titles in this list.
Collections Seldom Seen
by Museum of International Folk Art
Curriculum guide that grew out of an exhibition, "Collections Seldom Seen," at the Museum of International Folk Art which brought together objects from the permanent collections chosen by several museum curators. The guide includes cultural and historical background on the chosen objects organized by geographic focus (Asia, Latin America, the United States, and Europe) and textile arts in general, plus two lesson plans with student activities, based on New Mexico state standards. The lesson plans are "How to Make a Japanese Scroll" and "Print Making," based on woodblock printing traditions used in the making of Brazilian literatura de cordel. The guide also highlights the role of the curator in the development of museum exhibitions.
|Grade Level: 3-5; 6-8; 9-12
||Curriculum: Art and Culture; History and Social Studies
|Resource Type: Activities; Lesson plans
|Subjects: Decorative arts; Jewelry; Folk art; Scrolls; Museums--Curatorship; Clothing and dress; Wood-engraving; Textile fabrics; Pottery; Costume; Chapbooks, Brazilian
Geographic locations: United States; Philippines; Morocco; Mexico; Japan; Europe; Cameroon; Brazil; Bolivia; Austria; Asia
Museum of International Folk Art
PO Box 2087
Santa Fe NM 87504-2087
The Painted Bride – Teaching Guide
by Paddy Bowman
Teaching guide for grades 10-12 to accompany the film “The Painted Bride,” created by filmmakers Amada Dargan and Susan Slyomovics in 1990. The 25-minute film, available as streaming video on folkstreams.net, features traditional wedding customs practiced among Pakistani Muslim immigrants in Queens, New York. It follows a mehndi body painting artist as she creates intricate designs on the hands and feet of a bride-to-be while the bride’s friends sing humorous songs mocking the groom and future in-laws. The teaching guide and film explore tensions between American and Pakistani ideas of gender roles, identity, clothing, and ritual, including issues of cultural diversity in an immigrant community.
|Grade Level: 9-12
||Curriculum: Music; Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Art and Culture
|Resource Type: Video recordings; Primary sources; Lesson plans; Activities
|Subjects: Intercultural communication; Educational films; Queens (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs; Immigrants; Gender role; Courtship; Mehndi (Body painting); Ethnicity; Clothing and dress; Costume; Ethnographic films; Cultural pluralism; Rites of passage; Marriage customs and rites; Islamic marriage customs and rites; Cultural relations; Immigrant families
Geographic locations: New York (State); New York (N.Y.)
Teacher's Guide to "In My Heart, I Am a Dancer"
by Debora Kodish, Deborah Wei
Curriculum guide to accompany the publication, "In My Heart I am a Dancer," about the Cambodian community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Topics include Cambodian classical dance and costume, and the history and culture of Cambodia. Created for use with children in grades K-4 and also with older students. The guide includes background for teachers in working in the classroom with folk arts plus lesson plans, activities, and questions for students as they read the text.
|Grade Level: K-2; 3-5
||Curriculum: Performing Arts; Art and Culture; History and Social Studies; Music; Math
|Resource Type: Lesson plans; Activities
|Subjects: Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social life and customs; Beadwork; Pennsylvania--Social life and customs; Refugees; Dance; Cambodian Americans; Cambodia--Social life and customs; Immigrants; Folk artists; Cultural pluralism; Costume; Crafts; Ethnicity
Geographic locations: Pennsylvania; General; Cambodia
Philadelphia Folklore Project
735 South 50th Street
Philadelphia PA 19143
School District of Philadelphia
Education Office, 440 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia PA 19130