Remove these ads. Join the Worldbuilders Guild

Ferre Silk

Imagine a cape, but it’s warm and waterproof but still light enough to flow in the wind and let you move... Ferre silk can make that happen! Go follow your fashionista dreams while staying nice and dry!
— A clothes salesperson, who happens to be very passionate about their craft.
  What others see as kelp forests, some see as a source of the most valuable and plentiful clothing material on Eil. Ferre silk is made from Ferre kelp, a kind of seaweed that grows all across the shallows of the Leiel Ocean. It has been used in clothing for as long as civilization has been around and the people of the sea spoke with those on land.   Apparel made with Ferre silks carry a bit of the sea with them, a faint, salty scent that’s reminiscent of the sea. Cool in the heat and warm in the cold, its airy nature reduces sweatiness in any temperature. It’s most popular in shoreside towns and cities, probably because of its slight smell and tendency to become slippery when wet, but it’s beginning to spread inland. At the very least it’s being used in umbrellas and rainwear.

Properties

Material Characteristics

It’d be almost indistinguishable from cotton or silk if it didn’t have a texture between the two, or if it didn’t have a slightly salty sea-like scent to it.   Ferre silk is smooth, becoming quite slippery when exposed to water. This reflects its nature as a sea-bound plant, as its raw state was also incredibly slippery.   Despite seeming like a dense material, it’s quite thin in reality, and is often used in capes and ponchos and things like that.

Physical & Chemical Properties

Ferre silk has the tendency to stay at one temperature in any weather, said temperature being dependent on the waters where it grew. This lead Ferre growers to design specific tanks, each full of water with different temperatures, then sell the Ferre in climates where their heat or lack thereof would be a benefit to the people who live there.

History & Usage

Refinement

Using raw Ferre in clothing and equipment is highly unrecommended. It’s basically kelp in its natural form, and the only real use it naturally has is in food.   To cure the muddy green plant, one must boil it in seawater for about an hour. This will turn it silky smooth and a whiteish yellow color, and it’s easily pulled apart into long, durable, and thin strands.   Dyes attach to the fibers easily. It’s rinsed off with cold fresh water to remove the salt, then soaked in dye for anywhere from 2 to 50 minutes.   After it’s dyed and cleaned, it’s ready to be woven and sewn into clothing. It either acts as a secondary booster to the main makeup of the clothing, but Ferre silk can also act as the primary material.

Remove these ads. Join the Worldbuilders Guild

Comments

Please Login in order to comment!
20 Jul, 2019 18:37

I must say I like this concept. For some reason, I'm now thinking about fashionable mermaids in their gowns.   Did I miss the part, or is the silk ever dyed on any color? :3


Can I have a cookie? | Come and snoop around Melyria
20 Jul, 2019 22:30

it can indeed be dyed, but i didn’t really go into much detail there! i might add a few colors that Ferre ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ and some popular ones to go along with it!!   and you’re right.... gotta write about Merm fashion once i write their article!! thank you for the comment!!

20 Jul, 2019 18:37

Great material with enough detail about use and manufacture to think about how it fits in the world. I enjoy sewing and making clothes, and this has me considering the possibilities. :)

20 Jul, 2019 22:30

gosh, thanks!! i really appreciate the comments, and it’s good to know that it made ya think a bit!!