World Costume for Theatrical Productions
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The Dwarves, the men and women of the mountains, are frequently
indistinguishable from the ground they mine. This is as much
due to their preferences in colors and materials as it is
to the dust and grime that so often coats them. Dwarven costume
is not a matter of tradition as much as it is one of practicality.
Dismissive of frivolity, they place high value on sturdy,
reliable materials and comfortable cuts. Tunics and breeches
are worn by both sexes, and closely-fitted skullcaps perch
atop full heads of wiry hair. The women may also wear very
plain, straight skirts. For work garments, tough, thick leather
is extremely popular, and laborers often wrap the lower half
of their legs in long strips of it. Cotton canvas and a rough
cloth called cordetum are also used quite often, the dense
weave and stiff hand adding a welcome layer of protection.
Details and decoration are almost exclusively steel, a material
with unlimited potential in the hands of these hearty folk.
Wide leather belts with large steel plaques are worn by both
sexes, and serve both to support weapons and gather the unfitted
garments close to the waist. The shoes are made from flat
pieces of leather gathered by laces over the top of the foot
and tied off near the ankle. Jewelry is uncommon, but examples
of extremely fine metalsmithy are worn proudly and passed
down from one generation to the next along with stories of
the craftsman from which they came.