Clothing


Standard male wear: tunics, boots, sandals, breeches, vests, shirts. Morturii prefer vests. They also wear cloaks. Hilurin men wear shirts if they can afford them. Minh prefer kilts or leather tunics or chainmail, and some wear a one-armed coat called a tavifa. Aralyrin men like their tunics longer than Hilurins.

Hilurin women wear a long-waisted kind of dress-coat over their long skirts and bodices called a marka. They tend to be modest in their dress, while Aralyrin women are more daring.

Kasiri men favor gaudy, multicoloured jackets made from silk patchworked with leather, as well as the tavifa. They also wear wool and fur hats. Chrj women and Kasiri women dress for practicality: high boots under shorter dresses that end at the knee. Kasiri women also wear fabulous headdresses. From book 1 of Scarlet and the White Wolf:

Like the Byzans, the Kasiri were a gaudy lot, but rather than show off their artistic inclinations in architecture and gardens, they expressed themselves through dress. Set against the stark landscape, they could blind one with their colors: purple and red and orange silks, black velvets, fine striped linens of blue and silver knotted with pearls. The men wore tasseled coats of satin and gold-cloth over mud-stained breeches and wide-topped, high-cut boots that were a Kasiri trademark. The women wore the boots, too, but under the long dresses of high-born ladies, dripping with rhinestones and ribbons. Their dresses were considerably more worn and patched than any noblewoman would be caught wearing, but Kasiri women took the fading and fraying in stride. When a dress finally fell apart, they simply tore it into rags for patching brilliant quilts or braiding into sleeping rugs. Kasiri girls wore their hair shorter than most, for it was a hard life and a long mane of hair would only complicate things. To compensate, they wove stunning headdresses out of long, brilliant threads of silk and decorated them with bits of semi-precious stones and flecks of gold and silver and copper. The headdresses were a few inches high, square with a long back that covered the neck, and from the hem hung long strings of faceted crystals and polished crimson beads. Women pinned their short locks under the headdress and swayed their strings of crystal as they walked, arching their necks and preening for the rough, handsome men of the krait.

Slaves
A master can decide what his slaves do (or don't) wear. Work slaves have a very distinctive kind of slave's tunic with short sleeves and a hem that shows the thighs. The tunic of a house slave may be longer and bear the emblem of his master, and slaves usually wear sandals or go barefoot. Bedslaves can wear anything or nothing. They sometimes have soft-soled boots not made for wearing outside, which displays the status of a slave not expected to walk or do any sort of hard labor.