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World Costume for Theatrical Productions
Erithi

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One look at the traditional garb of the Erithians and the importance of aesthetic presentation in that culture is patently clear. An Erithian's outward appearance is carefully considered, from head to toe. Harmony is paramount, and subtlety is valued far more than ostentation. Nevertheless, the materials used are of the very highest quality. Silk is highly favored for the brilliance with which it takes dye and paint, and for the variety of effects that can be achieved with it through different weaves and finishes. Men and women alike wear long robes. The silhouette is simple and spare, but full of intriguing details. Pleats and folds are used to create hidden spaces, to accentuate movement, and to form dynamic lines. Fabrics are frequently used without cutting, but such is the art of the folds and ties that this is rarely apparent to outward inspection.

The robes worn by men feature a broad-shouldered overlay of interwoven folds held at the waist by a long, twisted sash. The sleeves reach to mid-forearm, with extra fullness towards the back. Hats have swept-back crowns and folded-up brims secured with metal loops.

Women's robes also overlap in layers in the center front, but instead of being an overlay, their pleats fall to the inside, with a reversed set of pleats below the waist to add fullness to the skirt. A crisply folded sash defines the waist. The sleeves hang open from the shoulder and end in a straight line at the fingertips. The starched caps form a series of wave-like peaks flowing back from the forehead.

Both men and women wear simple rush sandals. Loosely flowing painted designs based on natural forms are the primary decoration, though often nothing at all adorns the austere garments. Favored colors include ivory, sand, jade, butter, charcoal, and black.

Consult the Erithian Clothing: A Guide, by Master Tailor Vithalan of the Tichan Dai for an indepth study on the clothing of the Erithi



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