By: Sungwoo(Scott) Cho
Clothing is a vital part of life that we can take for granted. However, in the Netherland’s it is used to convey a sense of identity. In Amsterdam, certain groups of people dress a certain way that defines them. In Dibbit’s article, he talks about how the Morrocan-Dutch youth spend twice as much money a year on clothing than other youth their age in the Netherlands. He states that the Morrocan-Dutch youth prefer expensive Italian brands and that their taste in clothing has come to become an identity for them. It is not just the youth where clothing has come to identify them. In Roodenburg’s article, A group of elderly women of Turkish or Morrocan descent lives in the village of Marken that is 20 kilometers north of Amsterdam. Although they few in number women still proudly wear their traditional folk attire and because of their dress they’re seen as a relic of the past and a tourist attraction at best. This idea that clothing promotes identity is not unique to Amsterdam, but it seems to have a bigger impact on society. Clothing supports the status quo, and the way you are dressed in Amsterdam can change your status. Because of this clothing is much more important to the Dutch and it affects the way consumers spend their money.
In the article by Raboteau, she goes over who is Zwarte Piet and why it is celebrated in the Netherlands. She discusses what the holiday is about and why is it celebrated. She also goes over the racist vibe of the holiday as during the festival people are dressed in black face and give out gifts to each other. She finds this holiday to be incredibly racist and is appalled by the fact that people don’t have a problem with it. I believe that this is a horrible and very racist. I also think that because clothing is associated with status quo, the Dutch don’t actually find a problem with this festival. Because it is just seen as a sort of costume for just that holiday, it doesn’t seem like much of a problem in the minds of the Dutch Citizens, and after the festival, they just go back to their daily lives.