Dumnonian Garb

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On Dumnonia

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Shane of Corin

Man's Aba

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Woman's Caftan

Functionality is the central idea behind most forms of Dumnonian dress. Since the Dragonriders of Dumnonia are the most frequently seen desert natives, their garb is the most familiar to Daethians. Riders typically wear antelope hide trousers, which lace in the front and which are commonly accompanied by a belt that is hung with pouches and jambiyas. The Riders' linen shirts lace at the neck and are customarily closer fitting than shirts worn by the general populace. Dragonriders wear keffiyehs over their heads, and non-Riders often use similar headcloths to cover their mouths and noses in the open desert. Keffiyehs are bound into place with a leather thong or an agal. The leather thong is often magical, designed to protect the Rider from injury while Training Striplings while an agal is mostly decorative. Desert boots are specially designed to give added traction on sand and dragonback while keeping the feet relatively cool. Many Riders wear sand-colored cloaks to help camouflage themselves while they are on the ground. Female Riders sometimes imitate the dress of traders or supply personnel, but since these garments are not practical on dragonback, they are uncommon. Dragonlords are only truly distinguishable from Riders by the ring of office on their left hand. The lords are entitled to wear items from the treasure amassed by their centuries, as proof of their successes in battle, but most eschew this honor. The Dumnonian ruler wears no special regalia, preferring the traditional garb of a Rider--probably as a security measure. A simple signet ring on his or her right hand serves in place of a crown. Both the ruler and his or her Dragon are entitled to wear any of the items from the Tribal Horde, but few do except when it is necessary to impress foreign dignitaries.

Man's Baggy Trousers

Women's Baggy Trousers

Some individuals modify these basic garments by choosing different materials, ranging from silk to Galantite armor. Since Dumnonians have no permanent residences, they carry their wealth with them. Headpieces, face masks, earrings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, armbands, rings, belts, anklets, toe-rings and many other expensive and elaborate decorations are common. Most Riders possess a single backpack, which holds a change of clothes and a few items that cannot be worn. Most of their other possessions are deposited into the Tribal Hoard (see Section 5a on the Dumnonian banking system).

Women's Belts

Dragonless warriors often affect the same style of dress as the Riders, or they may choose Daethian, Rashtarian or elvish garb, depending on where they fight and trade. Djibbahs and cloaks, many of which have magic properties, are often added. A dolman, aba, or caftan may replace the traditional trousers and shirt. A sash may be worn instead of a belt.

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Sandals or slippers may be substituted for desert boots. Turbans are sometimes worn in place of keffiyehs, but fezes are uncommon. Dragonless women frequently wear kaffiyehs or chadors, imitating the style preferred by many Dragonqueens. Virgins often wear their hair loose under a veil, while matrons may braid their hair after the style of the elves, sometimes adding coin-decorated headpieces. Priests usually wear keffiyehs and abas, while Priestesses prefer abas and veils. Veils vary in cut, with some covering the lower face and attaching to a matron's headpiece. The most common form, however, is simply an overlarge keffiyeh of a sheer fabric, usually silk, that drapes over the Priestess's head and completely covers her long, unbound hair.

Man's Keffiyeh with Agal
Woman's Headdress

Most Dumnonians wear at least a loincloth if not trousers under abas and caftans, particularly when attending Feasts; this habit can probably be traced to traders who have to shed formal garb in favor of a more practical outfit, often with very little warning, if their caravans are attacked. Children wear dishdashahs with sandals or trousers and shirts with boots. Turbans are the favored headgear for youngsters, since they require less frequent attention by adults than keffiyehs once the cloth is coiled and fastened or tied into the shape of a hat.

Dishdash (with Jambiya)
Insert: Man's shirt

Clothes are made from brocade, cotton, linen, silk and wool as well as hides. Dyed garments are usually of Daethian manufacture, while native Dumnonian materials are left in their natural colors. White clothing, preferably an aba and keffiyeh, is worn for Feasts, and often borrowed from tailors for the occasion. White samite is a special cloth reserved for the current monarchs. Dumnonian weavers rarely produce anything beyond canvas for tents or plain fabrics for caftans, abas and the like. When they do work with colors, they specialize in small, decorative accessories, such as pillows and throw rugs rather than articles of clothing. The magnificent, room-sized rugs for which Dumnonia is famous are actually produced in Krillion and carried to the desert by caravan since the Dumnonians themselves do not have sufficient wood to manufacture the enormous looms that are required nor do they possess sufficient quantities of suitable wool. In contrast, the fabulous embroidery that decorates sleeves, hems and pillows is largely the work of Dumnonian clerics.

Men's Vests

When traveling in cooler climates Dumnonian traders and Riders often add a woolen djellaba to their customary garb for added warmth. They may also trade their desert clothing for similar items of wool, and they generally dispense with their headcloths--although many retain their leather thongs as a safety measure. Vests, girdles, gauntlets, helmets under turbans, jackets, woolen robes, buttoned shirts, skirts, smocks, and waistcoats are not unknown among the desert folk, but such items are usually worn only when traveling abroad.

Woman's Djellaba

Overcoat and Jacket
(Also shows Turbans)

Clothing Generation Chart

Having trouble figuring out what your character might wear? Puzzled at what the local tailor as to offer in his shop or what the caravaneer could possibly be trying to sell you in the way of clothing? Here's a chart that you can use to give yourself ideas. Either roll randomly, using a d100, or simply pick something out!

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01-02 aba (desert robe) 50-51 robe, dervish
03-04 agal (cord of keffiyeh) 52-53 robe, wool
05 anklet 54-55 robes of honor
06-07 belt 56-57 sandals, lightweight
08-09 boots, desert 58-59 sandals, regular
10-11 brooch 60-61 sash
12-13 caftan (overgarment) 62-63 scabbard
14-15 cap 64-65 sheath
16 chador (veiled dress; replaces headdress and djibbah) 66-67 shirt
17-18 cloak 68-69 shirt, button-fronted
19-20 coat, close-fitting 70-71 shirt, linen
21-22 dishdashah (tunic) 72-73 slippers
23-24 djellaba/jellaba (hooded overcoat for colder climates) 74-75 skirt
25-26 djibbah (overcoat) 76-77 smock
27-28 dolman 78-79 socks
29 face masks (for women) 80-81 stockings
30 fez 82-83 trousers
31-32 girdle 84-85 trousers, baggy
33-34 gauntlets 86-87 traveling cloak, quilted
35-36 helmet with turban 88-89 turban and cap
37-38 jacket 90-91 undergarments
39-40 kaffiyeh (hooded woman's robe) 92-93 veil
41-42 keffiyeh (headcloth) 94-95 vest
43-44 loincloth 96-97 waistcoat
45 parasol 98-99 woman's headdress
46-47 pin 00 wrist-wrap
48-49 rags    

Additional Notes

Remember, warriors and Dragonriders wear a closer fit than your other folk.

Black used to be a dynastic color reserved for rulers, but other characters can get away with wearing it now that so many of the original ruling families are missing, out of power or simply dead. In general, people will wear white in the open desert and black inside tents.

The fabrics of choice in Dumnonia are brocade, cotton, silk and wool.

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