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Oarth

Oarth is a wild grain native to the Nomad Plains west of Gaolv River, primarily in the south. In addition to a grain, the fibers of the stalk and husk shell can be readily separated and spun together to be a versatile, strong fabric. light brown in color.   It is not planted or cultivated, as domesticated strains have a tendency to produce weaker fibers than wild varieties.   To turn the stalk and husk into fabric the oarth plants must be separated and flattened as much as possible. Stalks are split with a knife vertically and laid out on a flat stone surface. Another massive stone is then placed atop for several days, this flattens and crushes the stalks while leaving them capable of manipulation.   After flattening the fiber they are laid flat in a pool of a solution made of water and quetzl venom, with specific sands dissolved in it. They fibers soak another three days it is tightly packed in layers, with more layers for thicker fabric, and crushed between the stones again for a few more days -- which mashes the material into a solid unit. It is then ready to be dried, and once dried it can be used as fabric. It even retains considerable water resistance after this.   Oarth fabric is not particularly comfortable, though it is not unusually rough or troublesome. It is used only by the Talka who live on the Nomad Plains -- being considered inelegant and unattractive by anyone in any culture that can afford to import the material.   Oarth textile is the primary textile in the Nomad Plains, surpassing griffin or other animal hides. It is used for clothing -- robes in cooler weather, loin cloths in summer.   Oarth, in thicker, heavier weaves, is also used for tents, wall hangings, and wall dividers in the few permanent structures the Talka use.   Oarth is also used for ropes which have remarkable strength. Thinner twine made of the same material is used for almost anything the Talka tie.

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