A Visual Essay: Enabling Entanglements of Cloth and the Body

Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, Vappu Jalonen

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This co-authored paper critically reflects upon the entanglements of cloth and the body. It is an experimental, ficto-critical piece assembled from textual fragments and images. We suggest that the affective relations of movement and tactility that happen between the cloth and the body are essential for understanding what clothing is and how it works. Hence we speak about cloth-bodies – compositions that are more-than-human. New Materialism and its theories of entanglement, relational materialities and co-becomings support our focus on how clothing participates in extending or constricting the abilities of the body, and is not just a signifier of cultural identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-331
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • cloth
  • fashion
  • more-than-human
  • entanglement
  • becoming
  • creative practice


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