General introThis article illustrates the general principles of Faren clothing preferences. This is the most representative of the central city states such as Fares (Silford). The eastern states are influenced by the Ara culture, while the West Island sees influence from the Zeribians, especially in the form of imported fabrics. This is a sister article to Zeribian clothing
Tunic is the standard piece of clothing for Faren of all genders. The most simple tunics are knee-lenght, off-white or brown. The fancier ones are made of expensive colourful fabrics, and are embroided in hem, sleeves, neck and back. The short tunic is also commonly worn as an underclothing when wearing a long dress.
The tunic is fastened with a belt . The belts and their patterns are an important cultural symbol. Each settlement has their own traditions of belt weaving, and the belts can usually reveal where the person is from. Some designs can also reval the person's occupation, and status in the city state. Belts are also an important display of wealth especially for the lower classes. People who can't afford a whole set of expensive clothes often try to at least get a nice colourful belt.
Gender differencesFaren clothing styles have only small differences based on gender. Tunic is the standard clothing for all. The working-class men can wear only skirt or trousers covering the lower body in hot weather, while the women are expected to cover breasts and preferably the whole mid-section of the body. Sleeveles tunics are considered more manly, while feminine tunics may have longer sleeves and reveal cleavage. The lenght of the tunic varies mostly based on class: the high-class people regardless of gender wear longer tunics and dresses.
Clothing and weatherThe main Faren territories fall into the warm mediterranean climate. The summers are hot and dry, while the winters are cool and rainy. Farens don't usually wear trousers, but prefer to stay warm with long skirts and socks. Trousers are worn by peasants, and in areas influenced by the Ara culture in the eastern area. Cloaks and scarfs are worn to protect against the cold and rain.
Fabric patternsFarens prefer colourful clothing. The most fabrics used are single-colour, but are emroided with additional patterns. Farens also import Zeribian fabrics that are usually woven with patterns. While Zeribians usually don't cut the fabrics, Farens often sew them into tunics, shirts and other clothes. Blue clothing is used on formal occasions. Yellow is associated with wisdom, and is used by teachers, scientists and politicians. Red is associated with the military and the Ara culture (see more at: Faren colour associations).
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