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Bathing Costumes

Episode:23Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:4 – 6

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation Continuity and Change

Description:Riria Hotere discovers some racy togs from the 1920s. A time when wearing a bikini would have made you a criminal!

Questions for students

  1. What do you understand by the expression 'less is more'? How is it used in the introduction to this Tale?
  2. What are some of the disadvantages of the old-fashioned bathing costume? Are there any advantages?
  3. How did one important disadvantage of the old-fashioned bathing costume eventually help bring about change?
  4. What does this Tale tell you about how attitudes have changed over time? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Why do you think that? Can you find a clue here to explain why Te Papa has bathing costumes in its collection?
  5. What do you know about the ideas and attitudes of different cultures when it comes to modesty? Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to record your thinking.

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Connections and conclusions