Native fashion

Influenced strongly by local materials, native fashion in modern times refers to the style and dress of the Underhill civilizations. Little is know about historical fashion from the Lilian era as what data there is based almost entirely upon representations in art. Contrary to what many presume, the local fashion is not Japanese in nature.



Almost all native clothing is formed from three basic fabrics: linen, leather, and wool. The linen and wool fibers are used in weaving and spun into yarn for use in knitting; different techniques create a fairly wide variety of fabrics from the two. Leather is tanned in a variety of different manners, from fairly hard, inflexible forms used in footwear to thin, light, flexible forms used in clothing to the buttery soft drape of suede. Silk does appear in rare use, generally only in special garments for religious or formal purposes.

Zippers and snaps are unknown in native garments. Fasteners are typically either ribbon ties, toggles, buttons, or pins. Bone and wood are the most commonly used materials, but metal grommets and closures do appear in certain instances.

General trends

In general, movement and fluidity are valued in Yuriban fashion. Layering is also common, rather than wearing a single piece.

Most native garments are two part; dresses do not seem to be currently in fashion. Shirts most commonly have a slotted neckline; keyholes are also fairly prominent. Less standard but still seen regularly are wide scoop necks. Sleeves are often belled and nearly always loose and flowing on shirts; dolman sleeves or those caught tight only at the wrist are seen infrequently. Shirts generally are worn long, touching at least the top of the thigh. (The current most popular length hits the middle of the thigh.)

The second piece is mostly commonly trouser; these are worn loose and flowing in the leg as well. Skirts are quite popular as well. For these, current trends heavily favor bias cuts with a great deal of movement. Length of both skirt and trousers is usually long, at least to the ankles. For pants, it is not uncommon to see styles that pool around and almost obscure the feet.

While clothing runs the gamut of colors, natural hues are more favored and many garments feature a very subtle mottling or unevenness of color to make the garment seem more 'natural'. Embroidered ornamentation is extremely popular, usually in colors that contrast the base hue of the garment. Nature motifs are the most typical, but scrolled or spiraling designs are also common. Geometric designs appears only rarely; they do not appear to be much in favor.

Warm weather clothing

In hot weather, the vast majority of garments are made of linen. Very rarely one sees pieces made of silk worked so thin that it borders on transparency; such garments are usually worn layered in sets of two or three, subtly varying color and length. Sleeveless shirts are widely seen, leaving the arms bare. Skirts tend to be more prominent than pants in such seasons, and the popular length gives way to those that brush the knee or lower thighs at the height of summer heat and humidity. Shoes are worn only infrequently in warmer seasons, with most Yuribans preferring to go barefoot.

Cold weather clothing

For outdoor wear, cloaks generally remain the most popular option for natives. These are most typically made of boiled wool; velvet makes sporadic appearances but is usually considered too fancy. A large hood features on almost all Yuriban cloaks, and clasps are usually decorative. Coats are seen more rarely but are used; they seem to be less in fashion. These are usually boiled wool as well, typically cut with high collars and tight wrists to preserve warmth, making them somewhat unusual among Yuriban preferences.

When indoors, or the weather is not quite so harsh, shawls are extremely popular. The most commonly seem form is a wide woven wool rectangle, fringed on the short end. This design is mostly commonly worn wrapped around the shoulders and pinned on one side. However, knitted triangular designs with shaping similar to Faroese designs that naturally sit easily on the shoulders are also popular.

Winter footwear is almost invariably boots of thick leather. These may cling to the leg or lace up the front. Heels are not too common, but are seen sometimes, most often in the wedge style. More rarely, when indoors, soft slipper style shoes are worn; however, it is not atypical to see Yuribans barefoot when inside even in winter or at the least clad only in socks.

Jewelry and personal adornment

Jewelry among the Underhill cultures is generally of silver, copper, or bronze. Gold sees occasional use but seems to be fairly rare and is generally not highly sought after. Other metals, such as platinum or even iron are used in rare instances, but are not part of typical daily attire. Other popular materials for jewelry are stone, gems, and glass, in descending order of popularity.

Piercings are fairly common, particularly of the ears. Other popular forms of jewelry are rings and necklaces. Rings are rarely of the solitaire stone style popular elsewhere. Instead, bands are often wide and carved or inscribed, stones are often small and set flush with the metal. The most popular style for necklaces is a pendant, often of decent size, weight down a chain or thong; once again we see that single stones are not popular but metal shapes or stone carvings are. Practical jewelry such as pins or cloak clasps is often stamped or decorated as well. Bracelets seem to be less common, although they are still seen; this may be due to their popularity in the past with the Lilian culture.

Makeup doesn't seem to be a major focus; however, certain cosmetics do see common use. Most obvious of these is the use of kohl to line and emphasize the eye; some natives also wear eye color but this is far more rare. Also seen fairly regularly is lip glosses and stains.

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