Virilen Wedding Dress

Manufacturing process

The process to weave wedding gown material, sew the dress, and embroider designs on the skirt can take as long as a year, depending on the number and skill of the bride's female relatives. This time brings the group closer in community, as they exchange stories and the older women pass down advice to the bride and other younger relatives.

Significance

Wedding dresses in Virilia are a blend of silver, blue, and green (representing positive change, purity, and luck, respectively). They're also commonly embroidered with esteria and sakuna blossoms, as tribute to Gossalu and Thiumea.   Wedding gowns also represent the love of a bride's community, since the material is uniquely woven alongside her female relatives and close female friends and the dress is embroidered with symbols of their hopes for the bride and her marriage. If a bride's relative is a weaver trained in textile magics, the relative might infuse her embroidery with some sort of magical blessing as well (peace, fertility, order for the home, etc.).
Item type
Clothing / Accessory
Rarity
Each wedding dress is unique, but wedding dresses in general are as common as brides.
Raw materials & Components
Virilen wedding gowns are woven of blue and green silk and silver dragon scale thread. These materials are produced in Upper Virilia, so it's an exciting (and sometimes stressful) part of the preparation process for the bride and her attendants to travel to an Upper city to select the threads. Brides who want extra sparkle might add beading to their dresses, as well.
Tools
Wedding gown material is hand-woven on a loom, and dresses are hand-sewn and hand-embroidered (and sometimes hand-beaded) with bone needles.
Related Materials
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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
17 May, 2021 22:26

Nice article, this sounds like an interesting custom :D   "the dress is embroidered with their hopes for the bride and her marriage." Do you mean magical, symbolically or literally with specific symbols?   " dragon scale thread" how do they make the thread from the scales?

17 May, 2021 23:24

Thank you!   Oops, I meant to specify "symbols of their hopes." Thank you for asking!   Dragon scales are melted down and then spread over a flat surface to cool, after which they're sliced into long strips to be used as thread, similarly to actual silver or gold thread.

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18 May, 2021 09:54

Nice read! That seems like a very interesting custom. I like how everyone works on the wedding dress together and see it as a time to bring everyone closer. The concept of dragon scale thread is pretty nice as well :)

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18 May, 2021 13:30

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23 May, 2021 09:36

Nice common piece of clothing. Do all wedding dresses use dragon scales? It seems expensive

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23 May, 2021 22:25

Thank you! They do. I've made some adjustments to the economics of dragon scales, as well as their properties in general, but I haven't yet had time to edit the articles to reflect those changes, unfortunately.

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24 May, 2021 22:02

Awesome article. :D I love the idea of thread made out of Dragon Scales it sounds so magical. Also the customs around the creation of the dress are really interesting, and I'd love to learn more about them.

24 May, 2021 23:54

Thank you! I'm looking forward to exploring Virilen wedding customs more, and I'll likely center a short story around a Virilen wedding in the not-too-distant future! :)

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25 May, 2021 00:19

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26 May, 2021 03:51

Nice article! The header image was eye-catching. I'm a little curious what brides who can't afford such seemingly elaborate garb do for their wedding days. Or is it just one of those things that you save up for it or don't bother at all?

26 May, 2021 15:01

Thank you! Most women and their families have saved up enough for wedding dress material by the time it's needed, but brides who need to cut down on costs sometimes adjust the dragon scale to silk ratio. Some might even have only a silver design down the front or silver cuffs to satisfy the tradition of honoring Thiumea.

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26 May, 2021 21:10

"wedding dresses in general are as common as brides." XD you wouldn't say.
Seeing how they are made, out of rare material, and unique designs, a year to make them sounds very realistic. I love how you tied the culture of making it together into it.

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26 May, 2021 21:29

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29 May, 2021 00:10

Great article, the sense of community that this tradition seems to foster among the women is quite interesting. I enjoyed it a lot and also liked that it isn’t exactly an easy process. The stressful journey adds some nice excitement to it. I am curious about the blessings that can be infused into the dress. How effective would these blessings be? Would a blessing of fertility increase the chance?

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3 Jun, 2021 17:40

Nice article, the customs is cool. I have a couple of questions.   How long are the dresses? Do they include headpieces or veils? I would love to know more about the dresses such as style, what types of beads. What are the thread types they use to weave the cloth?

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4 Jun, 2021 21:07

This is a really lovely tradition and I love the colours used. I bet the dresses are absolutely beautiful.

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