One of various themes in the travelogues is the dichotomization of â€śweâ€ť and â€śthe otherâ€ť; were we (the author) are seen as superior in comparison to the other (the natives or in some cases indigenous people). In the depictions and descriptions of clothing and nudity it is possible to analyze how these dichotomizations were constructed; and to some extent also understand how different categorizations concerning the other still are active. It must be stated that it is not always an easy formula of â€śthe otherâ€ť as inferior in comparison with the writing â€śweâ€ť as the clothing also have a practical dimension in the actual environment.
The paper will deal with a small number of examples from different parts of the century. The examples will be chosen from travelogues here clothing and nudity is a theme in both text and pictures. In doing so it is possible to study development as well as the impact of media specific phenomena.