Daughters of Purity Garments
Note: this article is a work in progress.
A chapter in book one of the Kama Senestra describes the garments that are obligatory for a Senestra priestess. For the robes of an acolyte, it roughly lists the general cut and the colour choice of black and red. An acolyte can basically wear any robe in black and red and stay within the given limits. The garment description for members of the Inner Circle fills about a quarter of the book. It contains a list of the material (amount, colour and size) and is outlining the required steps of the creation process.
It does however not lay out the shape of the fabric pieces, this is to be decided by the future wearer of the outfit, who has to cut the fabric and assemble the final pieces herself. As there is not much fabric to work with, the decision of what goes where can be a hard choice. Some Inner Circle members have made some very creative choices for the fabric placement, but details stay a secret between the members of the order and the people visiting it for a consultation.
The Kama Senestra lists the following materials for the garment. The size and shape of the gemstones are described in detail as well as the creation process of the all-connecting thread, which also has to be made by the owner of the garment. The new member of the Inner Circle will have to pay for the material herself. The order will lend her the money, binding her this way to order services, until the money has been paid back.
- four by four foot of silk, half of it dyed red, half of it dyed black
- 30 foot of thread
- 60 foot of drawn silver
Certain groups of jewellery can be pre-made by a jeweller, but cutting the fabric and combining all pieces into the final garment has to be done by the priestess herself. The Kama Senestra also stresses the importance of using the given amount of fabric to avoid any incidents during or after the ritual that finalizes the creation process.
When the order was founded and Pantolette needed to make her own Inner Circle garment, she tried on what she had made and decided that the outfit needed a foot more fabric to cover more skin. That worked out until the whole garment suddenly fell apart. The fabric was just gone and the jewellery dropped in bits to the floor. After scraping together what was left, Pantolette had to get a new set of fabric and replace some gems that went missing. When remaking her outfit, she followed the instructions meticulously.
The Curse of the Black Pearl - One of the black pearls used for a garment was cursed and is having strange effects on the owner. She needs a group of people to accompany her on a special journey to remove the curse without destroying the expensive outfit.