Tribal theme this week for the blog hop - what the heck does tribal mean, anyway?
In the fashion world, it seems to mean "culturally appropriated elements". I'm not sure how comfortable I am about that. The whole thinking around cultural appropriation is something I don't really have my head around. I can accept that some people think it's bad, and there does seem to be some clear-cut cases where you just shouldn't get into it - sacred objects like feather headdresses, for instance.
The wider realm of being influenced by patterns and styles and elements from other cultures, though - that seems to me to be a good thing.. the more of a melting-pot we become the less opportunity there is for hatred, one would hope..
I decided to dodge that whole morass and instead show you tribal from a different angle.
I started thinking about my tribe. My tribes, I should say, because I am part of a few of them (as we all are). There's my poly tribe, which is what we like to call our extended family-of-choice.. but there's not really a fashion style associated with that..
There's some others though that definitely come with a dress-code. Let me show you some of my tribes.
First up - the tribe I have been a part of since I was a teenager. The Goth Tribe. When we're not sacking Rome (ha ha history joke) we can be found looking decadent and delicious after dark.
Then, there's the steampunk tribe:
Steampunk (for those that don't already know) is an aesthetic genre where the participants imagine that the "Age of Steam" never ended - the industrial revolution never happened, mass production doesn't exist, and all our modern do-dads are powered, in the main, by steam instead of electricity. It's a neo-victorian look full of brass, clockwork and gadgetry. Oh, and goggles - mustn't forget the goggles.
Any subculture that encourages handsome young men into waistcoats and gives me an excuse to wear bustle skirts and corsetry is okay by me.
So - there they are - just two of the more fashion-oriented tribes I am a part of.
What tribes are you a part of? Tell me in the comments!
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