World Costume for Theatrical Productions
· home ·
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
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