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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:23 pm    Post subject: Clothing Reply with quote

What types of clothing would your conpeople traditionally wear?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've really only developed my kyllahan culture so far, so here's about them. Standard clothing for those who do hard work is the däär, a specifically male garment which simply wraps around the waist a few times. Working women can combine this with the kësy, which consists of a band around the ribs to which is attached a wide strip of cloth which goes around the neck and covers the chest. This word also applies to a similar garment with the same top, but which otherwise is exactly like a ttibar. A ttibar is a wrapping which clasps around the chest just under the armpits and splits on both sides at the hips for movement. It is held in by the nal, a wide cloth band that goes around the waist, and the set, which is a smaller strip of cloth which knots over the nal. The set always is white, and men tie it on the right, and women on the left. There also are loose pants called bril which are worn with the ttibar. Members of most other castes wear pretty elaborate clothes, usually brightly-colored robes made from the fibers of the lanp tree with a ttibar underneath. Usually the brightest colors are reserved for the higher classes, as they find ways to trade for them, but everyone has some kind of special clothes for ceremonies and festivals. The royalty wear the plainest clothes, usually a tan or other light-colored ttibar with a simple belt, except on important occasions (like meeting with diplomats) or for ceremonies and festivals. Children dress similarly for the sake of simplicity, no matter what class they belong to. Anyone who travels will make or have made a long cloak with which s/he will be protected from sandstorms while outside city walls, or if s/he lives in an outer village which has no walls. Women tend to wear more head ornaments, such as headbands and strings of tiny glass beads, and on special occasions don neck bands and bracelets as well. Wearing arm bands is a sign of having a close relationship with someone, so married or engaged couples wear armbands, sometimes as many as the years they’ve been together (though this can add up to a lot, and they eventually limit themselves), and even people with very close friends will wear one as a sign that they’re not alone. Armbands are considered jewelry when made with metal, but that is a rarity and very costly. It is one of the few privileges of the royalty to have metal jewelry, and it is worn only on the most ceremonious occasions. For everyone else, earrings are popular among women and sometimes men who don’t have the risk of them being pulled out during work. Earrings often are made of bone and sometimes glass, and necklaces are made of the same materials. Some people such as dancers like ankle jewelry, and rings are worn only at festival time to add to the glamour.
*As a note, colored armbands or thin cords on the arm, especially on the upper part, can serve as occupation markers; depending on your caste and where within that caste you lie, you’ll have one or more colored cords of different lengths and knots, and positioned higher or lower on the arm. For example, an orchard worker fresh on the job might have one bright green cord, single loop, tied just above the elbow. A more senior worker might have that same cord, and also a red double- or triple-loop one higher up on his arm to mark his seniority and possibly which area of the orchard he tends or even what type of orchard it is.

I'm currently working on war outfit and specialized clothes for glass-workers and dragonriders, as well as animal trappings.
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has always been a big issue for me, actually. Because I can never decide. I don't usually understand what kind of clothing my conpeople wear. Call me weird and shoot me with a blanket, but that's the truth.
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes I think they should wear Middle Ages clothing but then I think that's too cliché already so they shouldn't act like a man in 10th century France or Italy would.
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