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Faja
Ethnic Dress in the United States: A Cultural Encyclopedia
  • Ellen C. McKinney, Iowa State University
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Abstract

The faja is a compression undergarment, similar to a girdle. The faja is worn very tight on the body to create an extremely curvy hourglass figure. The undergarment shifts organs and flesh and has been said to reduce one's appetite. The degree of figure shaping and body compression depends on the fabric composition. Versions can be found in mixtures of spandex, cotton, nylon, or latex; the less forgiving the material, the more flattering the effect. The undergarment may be closed with hooks, a zipper, or both.

Comments

This chapter is published as Faja In M. Strauss and A. Lynch (Eds.), Ethnic Dress in the United States: A Cultural Encyclopedia. (2015); 117–118. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner
Rowan and Littlefield
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Ellen C. McKinney. "Faja" Ethnic Dress in the United States: A Cultural Encyclopedia (2015) p. 117 - 118
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/ellen_mckinney/234/