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Bohemian is a social and cultural movement originally inspired by Romani folklore, characterized by strong ethnic elements, a free-spirited image, and a relaxed atmosphere. It is often considered both a fashion style as well as a lifestyle that is often pursued by the middle class as a means of giving life a deeper meaning by living in the moment.

History[]

The roots of Bohemianism as a distinct countercultural movement date back to the 19th century in Paris and surrounding areas, various years after the French Revolution. It is derived from the term "La Bohème", which used to be a slang term for Romani people living in France, who were thought to have come from the region of Bohemia in modern Czechia.

In the late 2005 it was associated particularly with actress Sienna Millerand model Kate Moss in the United Kingdom and (as "Boho-Chic") actress and businesswoman Mary-Kate Olsen in the United States. Many elements of bohemian fashion became popular in the late 1960s and some date back much further, being associated, for example, with pre-Raphaelite women of the mid-to-late 19th century.

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Home Decor[]

Popular house decor includes tapestries, lots of plants, macramé plant holders, salt lamps, and any DIY projects; boho-chic embraces the 'here-and-now,' and so organization is not the primary concern of the bohemian style, instead in favor of observing the present and allowing yourself to leave things as they are when the next place calls you.

Fashion[]

They wear loose, colorful clothing and has been known as boho chic and hippie style. With their long flowing hair and rich, though threadbare fabrics, bohemians stand out in a crowd representing a colorful counterculture based on creativity. Chunky jewelry isn't uncommon. If you are emulating the bohemian aesthetic, please be mindful that although some have become 'accessories,' certain forms of dress and jewelry belong to indigenous people, whose ancestral culture and deserve to be respected and not appropriated. An often overlooked misuse of culturally significant pieces would be mimicry of American Indian dreamcatchers. Please allow yourself to be humble as you educate yourself about common cultural appropriation behaviors. If you are not descended from such cultures, then it is offensive to claim any tradition as your own.

Music[]

Bohemian style is all about embracing freedom and individuality, and the music that is often associated with this fashion trend reflects those values. Bohemian style music tends to be eclectic and diverse, drawing from a wide range of genres and styles. Some popular bohemian style music genres include:

  • Folk music: Folk music has a rich history and is often associated with storytelling and social commentary. Many bohemian style enthusiasts enjoy listening to folk music that features acoustic guitars, banjos, and other traditional instruments.
  • Indie rock: Indie rock is a genre of music that emerged in the 1980s and is characterized by its DIY ethos and independent spirit. Many bohemian style enthusiasts appreciate the authenticity and creativity of indie rock music.
  • World music: World music encompasses a broad range of styles and traditions from around the globe. Bohemian style enthusiasts often enjoy listening to world music that features exotic instruments and rhythms.
  • Psychedelic Rock: Psychedelic rock emerged in the 1960s and is characterized by its trippy sound and experimental approach. Many bohemian style enthusiasts are drawn to the creativity and individuality of psychedelic rock music.

Criticisms[]

Cultural appropriation[]

One of the main criticisms is the potential for cultural appropriation. The Bohemian aesthetic often draws inspiration from various cultures around the world, incorporating elements such as ethnic prints, patterns, and accessories. However, when these elements are taken out of their cultural context without proper understanding or respect, it can be seen as disrespectful and insensitive.

Romanticization of poverty[]

The idealization of a carefree and nomadic lifestyle can overlook the challenges and hardships faced by individuals who are marginalized or living in poverty.

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External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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