Between 1996 and 2003, a folklorist studied the connection between handlooms (technology), sari makers (producers), and sari wearers (consumers) in the ancient city of Banaras.
Giuseppi Verdi’s 1853 opera La Traviata was a shocker when it was first performed. Nineteenth-century audiences didn’t expect to watch a sex worker die of tuberculosis at the opera.
Alexander Pushkin is known as the quintessential Russian writer, but he took particular inspiration from his African great-grandfather, General Abraham Petrovitch Gannibal.
A money belt with a zipper became an instant success among WWI U.S. sailors, whose uniforms did not have pockets. Almost all initial zipper sales were for the money belts.
Since the nineteenth century, peat (or turf) has brought social consciousness to art. In the 1800s, Pre-Raphaelite paintings focused on the fact that the poor harvested it.
For Karen Blixen, the Danish author of “Out of Africa,” role, purpose, fate and destiny are intertwined
Since the late 90s, K-Pop has been one of South Korea’s most important cultural exports. Fans have a deeply emotional attachment to the music.
17th-century Amsterdam was the first city in Europe to have an efficient system of street lighting—thanks to a Golden Age painter called Jan van der Heyden.
Kilts are traditional garb from Scotland, right? Well, that’s not quite the whole story.
“Twelfth Night” was more than a Shakespeare play; for a very long time it was an extremely popular European winter feast.