Fevarik: Traditional Clothing

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"When I was growing up on Collena, these robes were the only thing I wore. They're soft and comfy, stretchy and clean! Unfortunately the military wouldn't let me take a set with me before this mission started. Aside from my parents, it's about the only other thing I miss from home!"
     
The Regalti have a civilization that's been mostly in space for nearly four hundred years. Of the hundreds of ethnic groups that have been around since well before the Exodus, nearly all of them maintain some form of national dress or traditional clothing. They'll wear it casually and on special occasions such as holidays, festivals, and celebrations.   To the majority of Vusinor and Maorian, this seems nonsensical for so many different groups to somehow coexist. These two species have civilizations thousands of years older and have become so homogenized and mixed together that individual races and ethnic groups don't exist. To the Regalti, their identities and origins, and their various religions are rather important to them and will fight against their individual traditions being taken from them. The traditional clothing of whatever nation or people they come from is no different.   This article will specifically cover the robes of the Fevarik Regalti and what they use them for.
 

Description

At the most basic level, Fevarik clothing consists of a robe, pants, and a vest. They will wear heavier boots or thinner slip-on shoes with the clothing. Sometimes a thinner robe is worn underneath as an undergarment.  

Robes

Robes can be sleeveless or have long, exaggerated sleeves. The body length of the robe can also be any length and longer versions are sometimes worn without pants. Sometimes shorter versions of the robe are tucked in the pants, or worn over them. Fevarik Robes when worn without a vest are usually tied with a sash running around the waist. The sash is often tied simply at the sides to prevent interference with a Regalti's tails. Around the upper chest area, the robe has a rectangular shaped fastener to prevent the the robe from falling open.

The robe is often the most colorful part of the clothing set, and can be any color or any brightness. Patterns are often printed on the robes but are often simplified lines and shapes. The wide, exaggerated trim of the robe is always a different color from the main body of the clothing. The different colored fabric around the shoulders is a relic of earlier times and existed for flexibility in moving the arms. Today, Fevarik robes are rather loose fitting and normally have stretchy fibers woven in with the fabric, but the slots of fabric remain.

The Fevarik live in a Warm Oceanic type climate but cold winters are common the further inland you go. Because of this, there are winter robes that have an extra panel of the same or thicker cloth sewn on the inside. Regalti will also sometimes wrap long pieces of cloth around the ends of the robe sleeves and wear gloves for even more warmth.
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Fevarik Robe Parts by Chrispy_0

Sleeve Styles and Colors by Chrispy_0


Robe and Tail Placement by Chrispy_0

Vest

The vest is often rather simple, often being only one solid color for a smooth appearance. It ties together on one side, either through buttons, or with ribbon. There are usually pockets sewn on the front panel near the waist, but sometimes there are also back pockets. Regalti will also sometimes wear symbols or insignia indicating their family or religious affiliation. Usually it's either a single small image near the top of the chest, or a much larger one in the center of the vest just below the neck opening.

The back of the vest and robe has an extended vertical neck opening that extends down the back. This is to accommodate the Regalti's dorsal limbs (usually just called tails). These are extensions/divisions of the spine growing out of the upper back. Alternative designs include a horizontal slit or a hole opening in the clothing near the base of the shoulders. The back of the vest also has the same design.


Pants

The pants usually have straight legs, but are also often flared at the ends. Generally they are always a solid color but can also sometimes have patterns like the robe. The Pants are secured by four straps. The front straps are tied around the back first, and the back straps are then tied around the front. The fabric is long enough to leave no gaps on the sides when tied properly. Modern variations of the garment almost always have pockets.

When worn with boots, the pants are often tucked in, but many younger Regalti won't do this. During wet seasons, a long piece of cloth is wrapped around the lower leg from the ankle all the way to the knee. This prevents the pants from getting muddy.
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Fevarik Robes Without the Vest by Chrispy_0

Gender differences

There are relatively little differences in the physical form of this clothing between genders. Some Regalti cultures with androgynous clothing will use color to differentiate between genders, but other cultures like the Fevarik don't follow those rules. You don't need gender specific clothing to tell Regalti apart, as it isn't difficult to tell the difference between a male and female Regalti by looking at their faces, though being able to see UV light makes it easier to tell the difference.

Colors and Patterns

As for colors and patterns, there can be just about any combination of solid colors and patterns. Rarely, full color images are embroidered all over the robes and vest. Younger and unmarried Regalti tend to wear brighter colors and the colors get dimmer and more subdued with age. Dark colors are worn on days of mourning. Solid colors tend to be worn on religious holidays, and just about anything is worn on festival days.
   

Materials

Cotton

The Fevarik word for cotton is Araiki and is superficially similar to cotton plants on Earth. Cotton on Collena comes from the puffy shells formed around seed pods of various species of Sphere Trees. Unlike Earth's small, fluffy cotton balls, the cotton balls of sphere trees can be much larger than your head. Only specific species of Sphere tree are used, and have been bred over the generations to increase cotton yields. Various methods exist for extracting the seeds and processing the fibers, but usually it is done by machine. Around half of all Fevarik Robes are made from cotton and the vest is almost always made from this material.
 

Silk

There are many species of arthropods on Collena that form protective cocoons and nests made of silk, and the Regalti have exploited dozens of these species over the millennia to harvest silk for making clothing with. The most common species that Fevarik silk comes from are Thiaika. On Collena's moon Sephar, silk is more often harvested from Tolariash.
 

Rayon

For the vast majority of Regalti that live in space, access to natural materials like cotton and silk is expensive. Growing plants and animals just for clothing is time consuming and expensive when done in space. This leaves only the surface worlds as the only viable option, but there simply isn't enough grown to go around. Most farmland on the planet surfaces are dedicated to food, not clothing.

The Solution to such a problem is rather simple. The Regalti already use Algae Bioreactor that provide most oxygen to their space colonies. Excess Algae is also harvested and turned into food. The Regalti just harvest excess cellulose from the algae biomass, which is then refined into various materials.

Rayon is one such material. Depending on how it's made, it can mimic the properties of cotton, silk, and many other different fabrics. Due to how cheap it is to produce, and the widespread availability of raw materials, Rayon is the most common fabric in space.
 

Other Materials

Polyester is a common synthetic fiber, and can be manufactured in very large amounts from raw materials found on the moon Ikon. Other materials include wool and leather from Hysovi

History

The robe and vest did not always have openings in the upper back to accommodate the Regalti's tails. This is because the Fevarik used to believe that they had four arms, and their tails are an atrophied version of them, a curse put on them for following the teachings of the god Baultar. The Fevarik believed their tails to be useless. In order to atone to the supreme god Ventar, they cut off the tails in children shortly after birth. Because of this, Fevarik clothing didn't have openings for the tails.

The Fevarik weren't the only ones who did this. Nearly every culture and nation across the continent did this, but five hundred years ago, the new King of Vefaria outlawed removing tails. This was in an attempt to make his people look more like those of powerful nations on a neighboring continent, who did not remove their tails. He believed that this was a step towards modernizing his nation.

Older Fevarik were planning to reinstate tail removal when the King died, but, as the younger Fevarik generation adapted to the idea of having two extra limbs, the idea of making tail removal mandatory again quickly fell out of favor. What followed were changes in all Fevarik clothing to allow for the extra limbs. Even long after science proved the dorsal limbs could have never evolved into actual arms, their religion did not change. The gods are still depicted with four arms to this day.

Other than this detail, colors have drifted around through history as colors associated with genders and religion have shifted or disappeared entirely. There are some differences in trimming and length. Most Regalti traditional clothing hasn't changed much in the last four hundred years or so since the Exodus from Collena, regardless of national origin.

Vest Symbols

Sarai Family Crest by Chrispy_0
Insignia of the Sarai family. It includes the letter symbolizing the 'sa' sound (means 'craft' or 'make' by itself), and a symbol representing the Veil Tree. The Sarai family were traditionally woodworkers in the past and mainly worked with Veilwood.
Symbol of Ventar by Chrispy_0
Symbol representing the Supreme God Ventar, commonly worn by high priestesses of any given temple. It is a red-orange circle in a black circle, and is a representation of the star Ventar. The Center will sometimes have a character from a much older language that says "Sintal", and means flame.
Eclipse by Chrispy_0
A completely black vest with a white circle faded to look like a solar eclipse. Always worn on days of mourning. When a Regalti dies, the Fevarik that they go to a paradise within the star Vala, or they spend an eternity in an endless void, with no light and beyond the reach of anyone.
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by Chrispy_0
Image of a practitioner of Kedon, taking a stance with his wooden sword. On the vest is the insignia of the Sarai family. The sword is pointed away, indicating the stance is for practice only. The Fevarik have been steadily refining the various forms of Kedon for well over a thousand years and their clothing of choice when performing this martial art are the same simple robes as they have always worn.

It should be noted that while Regalti skin color is normally a reddish sunburnt color, their skin color will change different shades based on their emotional state and this one's skin is currently green, indicating he is in a state of relaxation and serenity, untroubled by anything, concentrating on nothing but his opponent in front of him. (See Regalti - Color Perception and meaning))
 

Extras

Conversation between our humans
Juan stayed silent, but Asha knew this look. She decided to ask "What is it?"

"...We were abducted by Japanese Space Elves." Juan responded.

Before Asha could respond, Ryan spoke up instead. "Hold on, Before you two fight again--"

"You hold on man!" Juan quickly interrupted, "Look at how their robes are styled. It looks exactly like a Kimono and a Hakama. I think the Regalti know way more about Earth than they let on."

"Okay first" Asha started, "They look similar, but aren't the same as Japanese robes at all! Second, lots of Asian cultures wear similar looking robes. Stop being racist."

"...I agree with Juan." Sarah interjected, "We're basically in Space Japan. Also, I hope they have sushi! I'm getting tired of eating that 3d printed slush from the ship."

Asha and Ryan looked at each other in disbelief. Even Juan was surprised at this. The three didn't say anything, but they were thinking it: "Juan, and Sarah, agreeing with each other?!?"

.............
"Sorry it took so long!" Elya yelled as she rejoined the group, now wearing her robes. Her human companions were rather silent, not saying anything to each other.

"See?" Dave finally said, "If it weren't for the vest...Space Japan!"

Everyone else then heard an audible thud. It was Asha smashing her palm into her forehead.

 


Cover image: by Chrispy_0 (background by Brakeet)

Comments

Author's Notes

Final draft. I was starting with traditional robes from asian cultures as the base and wanted to deviate from there and make it more alien, like alien in an actual alien way...I didn't get very far from that at all. I decided to hell with it, and drew clothing that probably wouldn't look that out of place in East Asian countries.

Also, yeah...My art never progressed past an early highschool level because I never practice. I am going to redo the art and probably rewrite a large part of the article at some point but not right now (I consider completely deleting it and starting over but I really do like what I have...).


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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
6 May, 2021 15:28

Great article, this is already a nice drawing of the costume that you have! And I like the symbols and their explanations.   Are natural fibres more or less expensive?   I love your way of UV light to distinguish the genders :D   " Fevarik clothing was originally designed in a way that only allowed wearing if the regalti didn't have their tails." Could they also not hide them underneath the clothes?   Is there ay reason why you chose to call the appendages tails? Tails are at the end of the vertebral columns so I was briefly confused by that. Their position would be more for wings, but then they don't have an extended surface like wings… I like the history section and how their perception of those tails changed over time.

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7 May, 2021 12:45

Thanks for the feedback! Your question gave me an idea for expanding the article slightly on the natural/synthetic fiber thing. Natural fibers are way more expensive. For the Regalti, synthetic fibers are easier and less energy intensive to produce in space, where nearly all Regalti live.   Yeah, you could just hide them but it would feel awkward if you were a Regalti. I guess it would be similar to hiding one of your arms in your shirt, just not that extreme. The Regalti treat them like limbs no different from their arms or legs and would prefer them to have their full range of movement. Well...except for the cultures that cut them off.   I used the term 'tail' because I haven't thought of a better term for them yet and I'm still figuring it out as I go along. Still deciding whether or not to make them bony limbs like a tail but I'm leaning in that direction. Wing didn't fit because they never evolved for flight. Tentacle doesn't really fit either. I also didn't want to simply use appendage.

7 May, 2021 13:06

A great article. Have you considered tendril?

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7 May, 2021 19:00

I did not consider tendril yet, but I am now. Thanks!

8 May, 2021 20:33

Already a nice looking piece of clothing with the images you provided! I like how they accomodate the tails and the section where you discussed how they actually used to be removed. The symbols you used look pretty neat as well!   The fact that gender is only really well noticable by creatures that can see UV is orignal as well. Nice read!

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8 May, 2021 22:10

Thanks for the kind words!

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10 May, 2021 20:25

Your art is pretty goddamn awesome ngl

18 May, 2021 13:12

The design of this article is top-notch! I love all the art, especially the cover image. Just remember you have to credit every piece of artwork in order for your article to be qualified.


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24 May, 2021 23:17

I really like the detail on how they started making room for tails!

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3 Jun, 2021 13:50

This is such a nice outfit, I love the art! It shows all the great variety and detail in the costume very well. There is some great detail in the outfit, and yet it still retains fantastic simplicity that keeps it understandable. The biggest example that I liked was the patterns on the robe, which are kept to lines and shapes. Nice detail, but nothing too complicated. Very nice.   The outfit not being the way to distinguish gender, but instead UV, is also very interesting. It’s very nice to have clothes that aren’t gendered.   Another part I enjoyed was the Algae Bioreactors, it’s nice how this is a byproduct of something that has so many uses, rather than as you said wasting time growing plants/animals for the outfit. It does make me wonder… is the Rayon edible?

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3 Jun, 2021 22:36

Thanks for the kind words!   To answer your question, Rayon is chemically treated cellulose (and Cotton is almost 100% cellulose fibers). These plant fibers exist in much smaller quantities in vegetables and while it is technically a carbohydrate, humans can't digest it because we can't make the proper enzymes to break it down (maybe Regalti can in emergencies? Haven't thought that far yet). It does help with digestion in us humans though so eating it isn't actually harmful. I wouldn't eat chemically treated clothing though.   Also, the Wikipedia article for Rayon was an interesting read. Here's a link to that (I'll also put it in the article)   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayon