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World Costume for Theatrical Productions

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Among the Half-Krolvin, dress can vary depending on the circumstances under which the individual was raised. Those following Krolvin traditions and living along the coasts of the far north tend to wear parkas of insulating caribou hide and thick boots of water-resistant sealskin. Their beautiful raincoats of salmon skin stitched together with tundra grass inspire much admiration. Shimmering rainbow-colored river trout skins are used as decoration on other garments, as well. When fully dressed to hunt in the frozen wastes or at sea, the typical Krolvin wears an inner and outer parka, hide pants with the fur to the inside, thick mittens, and several layers of footwear. Adjacent pieces of clothing overlap to keep out the cold air. Often, the parkas are made with extra-broad shoulders to allow the arms to be drawn inside for additional warmth.

Hides are dyed with lichens and barks, some of the more common being moss lichen, which provides a yellowish tone, rock lichen, which shades the skins to green or blue, and alder bark, which imparts a reddish-brown color. Moose teeth and polar bear claws are used as decoration and fringe, and further embellishment can come from glass beads acquired in trade. Narrow bars of whalebone applied to leather make for a simple yet effective form of armor.

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