Fashion from a Fey

Written by samsaratg

What came before



Montsilt was a small farming community, located at an opportune spot on a trade road in a remote forest. While they had access to goods coming through, they had to be considerably independent to live in the remote region. The dress of the people in the community needed to be durable and practical. Historically clothing had been made of wool and leather more than plant fibers. When Lavani became mayor, she introduced a material not used much for clothing in this region - linen made from the flax plant. The plant was plentiful in clearings and in clumps throughout the forest and had been used for fodder for the goat herd. Linen was used as bedding material. The seeds were used in cooking and in making oil.

 

Festival of Gifts
A crowd gathered at the town hall while candles and fires burned in the background.
Lavani appeared in the town on the night of the first Festival of Gifts. The previous mayor was holding her in the town hall, hidden from the town. Additional transgressions by the mayor had led a group of champions to enter the town hall to apprehend the mayor. They freed Lavani and she bonded with a tree in the courtyard outside the town hall. It was clear Lavani was a nature spirit, but she took an interest in the well-being of the town and particularly the people in it. With her magical abilities and support of the champions she quickly assumed the role of mayor and became intertwined in all aspects of the town's daily routine.

 

The Design - Cottagecore by Lavani



Lavani Greeting a Friend
Lavani Greeting a Friend by Hal Foster
After Lavani's first night she appeared to the town in long dresses or wide leg pants that could transition from gardening to baking to council meetings. She would often have highlights or accessories made of flowers or greens. A floral choker was common. Linen Tops with square, V-shaped, and high neck lines all having puffy sleeves and lace were her favorites. Layers were common with waist coats or over-all style dresses. She seemed to have an unlimited supply of outfits. She greeted the town every day with outfits filled with a white base layer, then light greens, blues, browns, and occasionally pinks on the top layers. She never appeared dirty or to sweat and rarely wore a pair of shoes, preferring to wander through town barefoot.

 

The trees seemed greener, the crops grew faster, and everything seemed more abundant after Lavani was rescued. She was attentive to the town and garnered many fans. Lavani was magically creating her outfits but that did not stop people in the community from trying to copy her style. One of her strongest supporters in the community was Emma, a weaver and seamstress that lived in the town. Emma found a mixture of linen and wool produced a very similar material to the clothing Lavani was wearing. This was not a common practice in the region and outright banned in cities far to the south for religious reasons. Linen was also useful as the material in the base layer of the outfits as it wicks away moisture.

The Materials - Linen and Wool



Lavani with Flax Flowers
Lavani with Flax Flowers by Hal Foster
Linen was known as a strong, durable, and absorbent fabric. Before Lavani, it was mostly used as a fabric for bedding because it is comfortable, and it dries much faster than other fibers. The sudden increase in harvesting of Flax has led the town to include the plant in the crop rotation cycle. The food crop harvest arrived early with Lavani this year. Several of the fields were sown with Flax seeds. When the plants mature pulling will begin a few weeks after flowering.

 

Wool being used in the outfits came from the goat herd the town maintained. Crops were rotated in fields that circled the core town. The forest would quickly reclaim fields that needed to be fallow for several seasons. The goats were used to keep the land clear until it was needed. Wool from the goats resists static, dirt, dust, and does not absorb moisture from spills. A clean cloth could soak up a stain or spill on wool with relative ease. Wool is also antimicrobial, so it does not harbor smells as much as some fabrics. That all added up to a material that needed less washing and lasted longer - key attributes the community needed.

Becoming a Trend



As much as Lavani was a surprise to the community of Montsilt, the fashion style she started was also a surprise. Lavani would say she is influenced by the people of the community in what she chooses to wear and how she innovates her outfits. The women of the community that emulate her dress would say the opposite. Either way the trend is clear, after Lavani's arrival there was an explosion in interest in new outfits and designs. Both Lavani and the community were ever focused on being practical and sustainable and weaving the new styles into their routines.

 

It was not just the women of the town taking a renewed interest in their clothing. Led by Yelsin, who has a clothing store in town, the men of the town started to request the new material for jackets and light long sleeve tops for layering. Yelsin described the look as "A relief as we emerge from the dullness and drudgery of the old mayor. My outfit conveys I am doing better and content. It might be a romanticized look in the city but here, the clothes work for us too."

 

A diplomat from Etonia took samples back to the city and placed several orders with Emma. The community already had economic ties to Etonia and several members of the Montsilt council started hoping there may be a broader interest in the material that would give Montsilt more power in decision making. Lavani was proud of the community's innovation and thinking. As the attention on her outfits grew and she made one request, "Let everyone be able to make it. Hide no detail and include the story of where it started. We will be a beacon to those who need our community. Share our story a thousand times over and again."

Pockets



Emma
Measuring Lavani's Outfit to make a pattern, "There are no pockets! Where are your pockets? There have to be pockets big enough to carry things."
 
"I just make the tool or item I need appear, so I don't have to carry them around. What do you put in your pockets?
Lavani
 
Emma
"Well, um, some thread, these scissors, my measuring tape, my notepad, a piece of charcoal, a few coins, my keys, some salve for my fingers - they get dry."
 
"Wow, are those an extra-dimensional space?", looking intently in Emma's pockets.
Lavani
 

Table of Contents

 

Article Summary

Primary Influencer
Lavani
Starting Location
Monsilt
Item type
Clothing / Accessory
Raw materials & Components
Linen and Wool

More About Flax Processing



Flax is pulled out of the ground rather than cut down, this preserves the length of the fibers. The longer fibers generate a smoother fabric.

When pulled the stem breaks off from the roots, which remain in the ground, where they naturally enrich the soil. Flax had already been used in fallow fields around Montsilt for this purpose.

The pulled plants are then laid on the ground in swathes for retting - a process of separating the fibers through natural decomposition. The fibers are sorted further with scutching and hackling after retting in preparation for spinning into fine thread.

Fiber Preparation Tools
  • Drying Ovens
  • Wooden Mallet for breaking the woody part of the stem
  • Scutching Board and Knife to remove woody parts
  • Hackling Comb to remove remaining shives and short fibers
 

More About the Goats



Rolph the town's butcher oversaw the goat herd. He knew first-hand the quantity of parasites the herd could carry. He could see them - when a goat died the animal was processed along with any deer brought to the butcher shop.

Rolph found that adding dried Flax to the goat's food along with honey reduced the load of parasites in the herd's intestines. Emma, the seamstress, was quick to point out any decline in the quality of the wool and she would bring half the town into the debate so Rolph kept on top of the parasites.

Fiber Preparation Tools
  • Blending Boards
  • Combs & Hackles
  • Drum Carders
  • Hand Carders
  • Pickers
 

Sustainable Deer Hunting



Forests of different ages support different quantities of deer. In studies done by Etonia, it was estimated there were 5-10 deer per square mile of forest. That would mean there are tens of thousands of deer just in the forest between Montsilt and Etonia.

Lavani did not have a problem with the hunting being done because it was being done sustainably. The hunter's guild had the expertise to know that a deer population maintained at 60% of the carrying capacity would keep the deer in a state with a high reproductive rate.

The carrying capacity is the maximum number of animals that an area could support. Populations of deer at carrying capacity are at a stable state so very few offspring would be produced. By taking 3 deer from a hunting area and moving on to the next area until the next year, the guild would essentially never run out of deer.

After a successful hunt. the deer were processed by Rolph and his crew at the Butcher Shop. Skins were sent to the tanner in the town of Everst to be turned into a variety of leather products.

 

Religious Objections



At first it may seem odd that there would be an objection to using linen and wool in outfits when there were clear benefits. It turns out that many religious groups in cities to the south, where vestments were made of linen and wool, used their outfits to portray their authority.

To emphasize their elevated position in the eyes of their god as well as emphasize their authority over worshipers, the material was banned from every day use. This would be similar to banning individuals from wearing City Guard uniforms if they were not in the Guard.

However, in many places this has created opportunities for abuse and corruption. Someone well-traveled may be concerned about what those groups would think of this new fashion style.

 

Shoes and Pockets



Most people in town do not remember ever seeing Lavani wear shoes. Her outfits never have pockets either. A seamstress, like Emma, is used to adding larger pockets to woman's dresses and outfits. Like horseshoes for a blacksmith, enlarging pockets is her bread-and-butter task. Emma told Lavani "Whoever is making clothing never takes the size of pockets into account. We are not putting out new outfit designs into the world without proper pockets."

Variations and Evolution



Timeline of Lavani's Costume Changes  

Lavani in armor
Lavani in armor by Hal Foster
Initial outfit

When Lavani was rescued she was wearing a tattered leather tunic and pants. She was weak and needed help walking to the tree from the townhall. She leaned on Ardelis as he guided her to the tree.

 

First Change

When she emerged after bonding with the tree, she was taller than Ardelis. Her first dress was white with lace on the end of the arms and the bottom of the dress. A thin green line was woven winding along the bottom of the dress and ended at a small yellow daisy. A symbol of hope.

 

Common Sightings

Lavani could be seen learning many of the common tasks the community needed to do. She held meetings in the open-air town hall porch. She often had vests or other more formal layers for meetings. Walking meetings were a regular event, her dresses during those meetings were often square neckline overalls.

 

Battle and Armor

It was rumored that Lavani could talk with the forest. Perhaps she learned what was coming from the trees. She was aware of the arrival of anyone into the community. She knew when travelers in the forest would arrive. So, it was not a surprise that she was prepared with a show of force when another nature spirit arrived to challenge her actions.

 
 

Cosplay



lavani-summoning-woodland-beings
Lavani summons a friend by Heather Fey
lavani-garden-day
Lavani in the Garden by Heather Fey
lavani-in-her-tree
Lavani in her Tree by Heather Fey


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    Lavani separated from her tree
    Life, Trauma/ Loss

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    /5

    24:00

    Lavani rescued
    Diplomatic action

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    11
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    01:00

    Lavani bonds with a new tree
    Life, Relocation

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    02:00

    First Festival of Gifts
    Cultural event

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    13:00

    Lavani's Champions return from 1st mission
    Expedition

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    12:00

    Lavani sharing stories with children
    Life, Education

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    24:00

    Lavani defending Monsilt from Glain
    Military action

Comments

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24 May, 2021 11:23

Pockets! YES!   I love even just the *idea* behind these clothes, and you have done a lovely job conveying the story. What a beautiful idea.

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George Sanders
25 May, 2021 03:14

As I was writing I saw meme's about pockets :) Thanks for reading it and your feedback!

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24 May, 2021 20:35

Good article. I enjoy how you write with a narrative rather than strictly factual.

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George Sanders
25 May, 2021 03:18

Cool! Thanks for that thought. I like uncovering the story behind a prompt.

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25 May, 2021 02:47

This is a very nice article, I love the use of tooltips to point to extra information in the sidebar. I hadn't seen that before.

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George Sanders
25 May, 2021 04:52

I kept finding more side details to include so I want to come up with a way to connect it more. The tooltips worked well!

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25 May, 2021 07:57

Nice outfit and nice history surrounding it. And nice use if tooltips. Some religions also used to object about mixing materials in garments. Also, I love this obsession we all have with pockets, could it be fashion movers are also spirits, who need no pockets?

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George Sanders
26 May, 2021 23:30

I see a lot of memes about lack of pockets so it could be true! :)

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25 May, 2021 09:59

What a great article! It has a very fun to read writing style which makes it seem more like a story. The little quote section was a fun addition as well.   The idea that the mix of linen and wool was forbidden was pretty interesting and it is nice that it was expanded upon in the sidebar. I also learned how linen is actually processed, so additional bonus there ^^ Funny that pockets were introduced here too :p

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George Sanders
26 May, 2021 23:27

Thanks for reading it! I had fun pulling together all those pieces.

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27 May, 2021 20:40

Really nice article! I like the explanation and detail behind the materials. It’s so interesting to see just what goes into something that could seem as simple as just linen and wool, with nice, long explanations about the material itself and also the very intriguing religious reasons for it being banned in the south.   The evolution of how the outfit went from just Lavani wearing it to being sought after by many was also very organic and made a lot of sense. What a great outfit, and with pockets too!

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George Sanders
29 May, 2021 05:11

Thanks for your feedback! I'm glad all the layers and pieces fit together.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
29 May, 2021 22:43

Great article! I really like all the details you have about the different materials, how they are obtained and how they impact the society.   I like the outlay of the article and how you've formatting Emma and Lavina's dialogue :D I also appreciated the tooltips saying when to look at info in the sidebar :D   I'm wondering if other communities around are now growing flax too or if they buy it from Lavina's community since Lavina said to spread the information about it. Does their community still have some benefits from being the first to have grown it? Or maybe their soil is more favourable to its growth?

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
31 May, 2021 17:15

The new artwork is really lovely :D

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George Sanders
1 Jun, 2021 02:34

Yay! Thanks for coming back to check out the artwork.   Lavani is making crops grow faster and bigger so the community has a distinct advantage. The other small villages have had a lot of challenges lately as well so they won't catch up soon. Flax wouldn't grow as well in the warmer southern cities, so that might be something useful in the future. Good brainstorm. Thanks for your questions and feedback! (I also have to watch my word count in this article... you know how that is)

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
1 Jun, 2021 06:52

Awww the dreaded wordcount... Oh yes! Flax culture will depend on climate, but also on soil composition; the quality of the fibres obtained in different region will change a lot. You could always say that what the other cities produce is of lower quality (Lavina's magic will also probably help with that :D )

30 May, 2021 17:20

This is a really awesome piece of work, I absolutely love it!! The pocket section is just amazing, fantastic work!

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George Sanders
1 Jun, 2021 22:01

Thanks for checking it out! I'm appreciate that you like it - I'm getting the hang of the layout css.

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4 Jun, 2021 13:37

Really awesome article!!! . The way you wrote it is very enjoyable. Both the historical context and the evolution of the dress and its variations and the materials of which the costume is made are really interesting; and the art is really beautiful!!!.

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George Sanders
4 Jun, 2021 13:40

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love how it came together, exciting to see others liking it too!!

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5 Jun, 2021 08:41

If an advisor says to me "What can one person possibly do?", I will reply "This." and show him Lavani's fashion.   I really like this article, it's a beautiful mix of history and details. Plus your convo-presentation is real nice! And yay for pockets!

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George Sanders
6 Jun, 2021 14:27

Thank you so much! That is story I want to tell.

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7 Jun, 2021 02:15

Lovely artwork, and I enjoyed the additional info like processing flax and the overall focus on materials.

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George Sanders
8 Jun, 2021 04:02

I picked the artist because she did such great detail on the clothing of her characters. Was a great match for this challenge. It was fun collecting all the real world details on the materials and processing glad that was something you enjoyed!

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Gege Escriva
7 Jun, 2021 16:51

Hi George! Really nice article!! It is one of the most original entries i've seen, not just the design of the costume itself, also the layout of the article itself and the writing style. I like that you wrote it in a narrative way, contrasting to most of us who have written it as an encyclopedic article. The story is lovely :D   Is amazing the amount of details and information you've put on this, you literally explained everything that could be explained. I like that Lavani and the hunters guild care about the sustainability and hunt in an environmental responsible way instead of just getting rid of the deers. Also the cultural aspects are very interesting (even the religious objections) and you detailed a lot about the manufacturing process. Plus the pockets section is funny, i'd like a lot if our world's fashion designers added proper pockets to women's clothes, seriously, we need decent sized pockets!   The art is very beautiful!!!

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George Sanders
8 Jun, 2021 04:00

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! So glad you liked it and found it amazing! I really value you as a creative friend so it means a lot.

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E. Christopher Clark
12 Jun, 2021 16:00

That Pockets section sold me here. What a great bit of writing—and a great use of layout/design to convey the concept of a conversation.   Whole thing is good, but that section in particular really won me over.

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George Sanders
12 Jun, 2021 21:54

Yay! Thanks for the feedback. That is exciting to hear how it stood out. I'm working on that CSS skill.

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