One British Thing: Jodhpurs

TitleOne British Thing: Jodhpurs
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMayer, T
JournalJournal of British Studies
Volume58
Issue2
Pagination394-398
Date Published05/2019
ISSN0021-9371
Abstract

Jodhpurs, despite their Indian name and provenance, are a quintessentially “British thing” in that they exemplify the material and cultural exchanges between Britain and its Indian colony in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The trousers, originally associated with elite Indian sportsmen and royalty, have become an iconic staple of British equestrian culture, cavalry uniforms, and fashionable leisurewear. This particular example of sartorial borrowing illustrates the complicated cultural proximity of empire within metropolitan Britain.

 

DOI10.1017/jbr.2019.2