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Makwani Dress

"Who do you think I am? A lowlife begging for a meat dress??!! Only the finest honeysilk shall touch my body! If you're making me go through this you'll make it worth my time!!! I'm carrying your heirs!"
— a highborn makwani complaining to its partner.
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Clothing / Accessory

Species | Dec 16, 2021

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Gestation is one of the most difficult times in the life of a navasti. Their bodies undergo a number of changes throughout the pregnancy and the harshest and dangerous one is the shedding.
Normally an adult navasti sheds every two years (unless bad hygiene), but a makwani sheds xes abdominal skin almost constantly during the five-month of gestation. With little time to create new skin, the shedding leaves behind raw or tender skin which is more prone to infections.
Some navastis rub creams or animal fat in their bodies to keep them hydrated and this was one of the main reasons behind the invention of the pregnancy garments or "makwani dress".


The most basic makwani dress consists of baggy trousers gathered in tightly at the ankle, which go all the way up to just below the chest where they are held together by a drawstring.
The design has the purpose of containing the shedding and protecting the body from dirt, dust or the sun, while still leaving room for air.

Differences in Design

Throughtout the continent, different cultures have given the makwani dress their special touch and significance.

Expensive Model
The richest people from the north of the contintent, right below the Eye Basin, call the makwani dress the "nyanu dress" after Nyanu Macil, a clothes maker who redesigned the dress as a present for xes children wedding.
The nyanu dress is probably one of the most expensive variations as it is made using Honey Silk.
Unlike the regular makwani garments, the nyanu consists of a long, rectangular cloth worn around the lower chest, and wrapped around the waist and then pulled back between the legs and tucked in at the front. As the belly grows, most makwanis would tie a sash over the dress to keep it in place.

Nowadays, the sash has become a regular part of the outfit and makwanis would use it as symbol, and leave a tail hanging at the front which, to the trained eye, could calculate how far along into the pregnancy a makwani is.

Nyanu Dress by Evan Carbajal

Chinbees by Evan Carbajal

The honeysilk destined for nyanu dresses is soaked in liquid chinbee honey for a moon. This makes the fabric absorb the properties of the honey, and becomes impervious to the elements that could harm the body of the makwani as his skin sheds. As this fabric can't be dyed, the northern navastis have taken to embroider designs into it. Nyanu cloths are passed down through generations with new lines of embroidery added with each pregnancy.

Cheaper Versions

Akoia dress by Evan Carbajal

Navastis from the plains, or the countryside who can't afford to stop working during gestation resort to the akoia, a set of slightly loose pants made of rawhide and held by leather strips to the shoulders. The inside is rubbed with animal fat and herbs, this keeps the chunks of shed skin in place until the navasti can safely remove them. The legs are tightened with strips of fabric.
When not in use the pants need to be rubbed with melted fat to keep them "fresh" and malleable. With proper care, a pair of akoia pants can last up to two months before becoming too dry.

Akoia dress by Evan Carbajal

At first, poorer navastis, usually from the cities, wrapped thin strips of fabric (previously soaked in refined animal fat) around their abdomen and legs, and wore grain bags sewn for the purpose. In time the grain bag dress evolved into a dress similar to the akoia but made of linen, which was named larakoia .
Larakoia dresses by Evan Carbajal
Due to the low quality of the fabric, these dresses can't be preserved for long periods of time; this has developed the custom, among the navastis who wear them, to use a sash.
The sash is made of wool, and the families, just like the rich do with their dresses, embroidery different designs (usually they feature chinbees, as they are seen as symbols of healing, fertility and good luck).

Cover image: Larakoia dresses by Evan Carbajal


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5 Jun, 2021 08:38

Oh this is cool concept. They have very specific needs given their physiology and found a way to help them. Drenching them in the honey wax is a pretty nifty idea. This seems like a very usefull garment given the wounds the sustain.   There are some minor mistakes in grammer 'adults experiment it ' where it should be 'experience' for example. An extra read through could help finding them :) In all good read!

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7 Jun, 2021 20:40

Such a cute bees you added now I want them xp Some new nice images too ^^

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Evan Arix Carbajal
14 Jun, 2021 07:27

Thank you so much for your words and your advice <3

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
5 Jun, 2021 13:57

Oh I love the idea behind this! Shedding sounds like such a pain, and pregnancies already are painful enough on their own :p That's great that you have a special garment for that :D This sounds like a great way to apply wax onto wound :p   What animals make the honeysilk? A special species of bees or something else?

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
7 Jun, 2021 08:25

I love the different types you've added for poorer people :D Great illustrations! and you have even included the bees :D   And I forgot to say it the first time, but I really like that introduction quote!

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Evan Arix Carbajal
14 Jun, 2021 07:31

Thanksss!! :D <3 (All the love the chinbees are getting is forcing me to write their article faster hahaha.

5 Jun, 2021 19:39

This is a very unique idea, Evan, I like how you tied it with the physiology of the nabasti and made it a utilitarian garment instead of a fashion item. Do they have any specific patterns or colours that they use for the embroidery? Do they have any symbolism attached to them?

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Evan Arix Carbajal
14 Jun, 2021 07:33

Thanks Krosss!! <3 Thanks to your comment I added a bit on the embroidery, and made some notes for future articles (I'm saving some ideas for Summer Camp).

6 Jun, 2021 21:07

Ugh, I can't imagine being pregnant and also shedding at the same time. What a pain! I love the garment the nabastis have come up with to help prevent infection and to protect their delicate new skin. I really like how you've compared what rich nabastis and poor nabastis are able to use.   Chinbees sounds adorable, by the way.   Great job!

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Evan Arix Carbajal
14 Jun, 2021 07:34

Thank you Emyyy! <3

7 Jun, 2021 09:35

Lovely, and the image additions have made it better. I love the chinbee

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Evan Arix Carbajal
14 Jun, 2021 07:35

Chinbee article is pending for Summer Camp, I'll have more drawings made for it :P

7 Jun, 2021 19:21

I love all the new art, and the adorable bee. I love that it has become a symbol of fertility and luck and is routinely embroidered on the sash. I wonder, when the honeysilk garments are passed down, do they get re-soaked in honey? Are the nabasti relying on antimicrobial aspects of the honey?   I also really like that you include multiple versions of the outfit for those of different means.

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Evan Arix Carbajal
14 Jun, 2021 07:38

Thank youuu! :D <3 That is actually a really good question I hadn't thought of. I'll add it as an aloud :D

7 Jun, 2021 19:59

That's some lovely artwork you got there! Also good worldbuilding and cute animals :3

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7 Jun, 2021 23:52

Pregnancy clothing with a twist! Neat!   And I second the desire to own chinbees, they're adorable! o_O

9 Jun, 2021 13:03

You did it again!!! Amazing article. I love the art, the layout and how the practicality of the clothes evolved to symbolize different customs.