Ask Me How I Feel: The Phenomenology of Fabric

This podcast would not be possible without my special guest Vathsala Illesinghe. I want to thank her for investing her time into my project. Thank you Vathsala, it was lovely to spend this time with you. I wish we had the “air time” to share our entire 45-minute conversation!

Elissa and her team at CJRU | The Scope at Ryerson were of tremendous assistance to me during the recording and production of this podcast. Thank you for your support!

Vathsala, lecturing in Sri Lanka.






Vathsala with conference participants, notice that all the women are wearing saris, Sri Lanka.
Vathsala in Canada. Official Ryerson University photo.


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Tarlo, Emma. Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India. London: C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1996. Print.

Woodward, Sophie. Why Women Wear What They Wear. N.p., 2007. Web.


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