Menes'ha Fashion Item in Ayonerra | World Anvil

Menes'ha Fashion

Menes'ha garments are tailored to accommodate their large wings and horns. The material and style depend on the region and local climate. Broadly, people separate their clothing into the Northern and Southern Dividing Archipelago variants. However, island inhabitants still show differences in jewellery, ornaments and colour.

The Northern Dividing Archipelago

The Northern Divider clothing is warm and insulating owing to the cold climate. It is sewn from reindeer or seal furs and uses dried sinew as threads. The coats are usually knee-length. Two slits on the back go down, allowing wings to slip through. The coat is kept in place with a wide belt.

During winter, two layers of clothes are worn. The inner layer has fur inwards, while the fur on the outer layer is turned outwards. This traps air between the layers and provides excellent insulation. Some use sea mammal guts for lighter clothing, but they wear down faster than fur coats. Garments for people regularly moving between warm homes and freezing outdoors are created with quick and easy removal in mind.

The summer clothing is usually single-layered. They are decorated with phas’qhunj feathers more than the winter variants.

Northern menes’has wear thigh-high fur boots with trousers tucked inside. The outer layer is waterproof and made of skin taken from reindeer legs.

Vivid threads adorn the clothing. Yellow, red and blue are the most common colours. The dyes are made from different barks, roots and berries.

The ornaments are usually geometric, using coloured threads and fur. Nobles decorate coats with imported precious gems and metal beads.

The Southern Dividing Archipelago

Most Southern Divider islands are considerably warmer than their northern neighbour, allowing for lighter clothing. Wool, cotton and leather are commonly used materials, while more expensive linen and silk are frequent in nobility.

A tunic and a shawl are the most common garments. They are worn together or separately. The tunic sleeves can be short, elbow or wrist-length. Most living in warmer regions wear sleeveless tops with open backs.

Upper garments are usually tied behind the neck and waist using buttons or metal clasps. Golden necklace collars are a sign of wealth.

The shawls and skirts often have decorative fringes. The trousers are tucked inside boots to not cause drag in the air. Skirts and dresses have thin trousers underneath for a comfortable flight.

Southern Menes'ha Clothing

Ornaments are usually based on local plants, but more geometric shapes can be seen in certain regions. Phas’qhunj riders frequently add their mount’s feathers to the clothing. Expensive garments are often adorned with golden-threaded embroidery and exotic dyes from Chiraki Abyss or Nikophsia.


Commoner Menes'ha
Horn decorations are the main way menes’has show their status. Braiding hair around horns is a sure way to express the personal style. Commoners use seashells, smoothed obsidian, colourful stones and dyed threads.

Nobility accessories are handcrafted from gold, tailored to match the shape of the horns. Precious gems are added to the intricate jewellery. Those with broken horns frequently hide the defects with metal sheathes.

Large earrings and ear covers are popular with the rich. Metal accessories in the Northern Divider are usually lined with leather to not damage skin.

Cover image: by Nincho


Author's Notes

In response to the Fashion MAYhem 2024 challenge by Tillerz.

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May 14, 2024 15:15

I like how you highlighted the differences between rich and poor and the cold north and the warm south, and that you thought about the little details like how clothes work when flying, how to tuck the big wings, or how to hide broken horns. Very inspiring and of course beautiful as always, great art.

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May 14, 2024 16:22

Thank you! It means a lot!

May 14, 2024 16:49

I love how you broke down the various clothing styles and considered the region they lived in even beyond temperature, including materials and locally available dyes. Fantastic article and the beautiful art brings the fashion to life. <3

May 14, 2024 17:37

Thank you! I had a lot of fun researching for this article.

May 14, 2024 22:18 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

This is a great article. I love the differences depending on where they live or their economic status. I really like the idea of seashells as horn decorations.   Beautiful art. <3

May 14, 2024 23:04

Thank you! I didn't even plan on drawing that but couldn't help myself.

May 19, 2024 13:39 by Aster Blackwell

Everyone's said it already but I'll say it again... such a wonderful article!! Beautiful art, awesome attention to detail with the dyes and materials and design. Very fun read and very inspiring!

May 19, 2024 16:32

Aw thank you! It means a lot!