Vekekut Apprentice Robes

While attending their studies, all Vekekut Preist Apprentices, or Weboth Nung are required to wear cirtain robes that separate them from the rest of the local community and indicate their status as Weboth Nung. Usually, these robes are worn from the original recruitment at 10 years old right until their promotion ceremony once all their studies are completed.  

Role

These robes are simple in style, kept clean and finely pressed. Each individual robe is made of 3 large pieces of white, finely woven linen cloth. Each apprentice is given two robes at first from their main mentor. Over the years durring their studies, more robes are created, made with more intricate designs and vibrant colors that signify their progress in their studies. Each new robe is a symbol of status and should slowly be made to look more and more like the Vekngug’s robes.   This process of gradual, individual creation of their robes is a wonderful representation of their focus on individuality and gradual study. Since a student is not allowed to progress until their next robe is finished, this provides ample time to sit and reflect on their studies. This style of learning also means that a single class of Weboth Nung all can progress and eventually graduate at different times.
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Components

Each set of robes is made of 3 parts. The Robe, the Mask, and the Covering.

The Robe

The robe itself is a floor-length simple piece held together with a 5-strand braided cord. It was designed with simplicity in mind to symbolize the room to grow, both spiritually and literally.   There can be several different acceptable styles and color combinations depending on the specialities, skills, and growth of the apprentice, truly making each different set of robes very personal.

The Mask

Along with each beginning robes handed down to the apprentices, they receive a thing band of tightly woven cloth of the highest quality. This is then tied over their eyes in a mimicry of Vekeko herself. While worn this cloth appears opaque while still being very thin, however the girls who wear it claim there is not hindrance to their sight while it is being worn. It is strictly forbidden for anyone outside of the Weboth Nung, Vekngug, and Veknguwo to wear the masks. To even touch one without expressed permission is an immense offense that could result in public execution or exile.
Item type
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4 Jun, 2021 09:46

Nice article! It is quite an interesting concept to have the robes changes over the course of one's studies as the person learn more and more. I wonder though what happens with the old robes is new ones are created at a regular basis?   The masks sound like quite the important religious feature if you can be executed for touching them.   There are still some spelling errors here and there but in all it was a nice read :)

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12 Jun, 2021 19:35

Thank You! Yeah, I definitely still need to edit this, but I'm glad the idea still makes it across. The Masks are incredibly important to the religion, you are right about that, as, for the old robes, they are usually either incorporated into the new ones or recycled. I'll add a section on that in the edit.

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4 Jun, 2021 21:52

Nice article! I love the idea of the making of the robes being tied to their education and spiritual progression :D   Since you say that they are given white robes, does that mean that they do dye them themselves to make them colourful, or do the colours come from embroideries? I'm guessing those colour pattern must be where most of the "levelling up" in dress making comes from, beyond being able to make more complicated cuts.   Is there any meaning behind them wearing the "mask"?

12 Jun, 2021 19:36

Oh, Thanks for pointing out an area that needs more clarification. Yes they dye it, some of the people more skilled in the arts may try embroidery but that usually takes longer. The Mask is related to their patron deity, Vekeko.

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10 Jun, 2021 22:11

Interesting how it's basically a progress tracker!

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12 Jun, 2021 19:37

Yeah, I thought that too, an easy way for the community to know who to talk to!

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12 Jun, 2021 17:43

This is a nice article! Aside from a few spelling errors, this is a great start. I would like to know more about the robes as they progress through their apprenticeship and what the other colors would represent. Good job!

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12 Jun, 2021 19:38

Thank you!

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