Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie

Intimacy and Design

by Malu Halasa and Rana Salam

Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie

Paperback, 175 pages, Chronicle Books Llc, List Price: $24.95 | purchase

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The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place you might never expect: Syria. Syrian lingerie comes adorned with everything from faux fur, artificial flowers, and feathered birds to plastic toy cell phones.

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"Islamic society in Syria is not demure or prudish," write Halasa and Salam. The proof lies within the covers of this delightful book. Highlights include an essay on "Competing Thongs" and photographs of elaborate bra-and-panty sets featuring fur, flowers and toy cell phones. As University of Texas professor Tarek El-Ariss, who specializes in Arabic popular culture, suggests, it's a wonderful volume "for some distraction, much needed in the midst of this

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