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Ephyra | Culture Wiki | Clothing


The clothing of the Ephyral is known for its traditionalist and customary qualities, with the Ephyral having largely rejected Western clothing in favour of their own ancestral dress. These clothing types are considered 'Neoclassical' within Ephyra, re-emerging over five hundred years ago during the Selian Renaissance and its discovery of Classical period architecture, art, philosophy, government, law, and clothing. The Freehold has largely kept these articles of clothing, an evolved combination of ancient Selian, Roman, and other Mediterranean fashions. Localised preferences and styles are common in different Ephyral-majority areas, whilst non-Ephyral and non-Selian locales such as federates have maintained their own customary dress or adopted Western dress.

For the Ephyral, clothing is status and a reflection of standing, and thus what citizens wear is a communication of their worth and values, values by which others are not expected to conform to, but will be used to assess those others in their own virtuosity. There are therefore advisories as to the dress of tourists when visiting Ephyra.

Citizen dress

The customary and common clothing of Ephyra is often categorised by three words; long, loose, and light. It traces its use to a revival of richer classical-style clothing during the Neoclassical period of the Selian Renaissance starting from the 13th century, and thus was not exclusive to Ephyra. Clothing is the physical display of status in Ephyra and for citizens should reflect virtues. For men, the motive is to reflect a desired upwards mobility, that in his later years he dress more resplendently and fitting to a higher position than he did in his youth. For women, clothing should reflect their moral qualities of modesty, chastity, and obedience.



The tunics of Ephyral men are largely uniform in shape. They have sleeves that come down to the elbow, and fall from the shoulders to below the waist. Most men wear their tunics just above the knee, as this is more practical for daily activity. However, amongst the social elite, as well as senators, and citizen men performing familial rituals, a full length tunic to the ankles is worn. The male tunic is held in place with a belt around the waist, up through which excess material can be pulled to shorten the tunic if the need arises. 'Undertunics' are distinguished from a man's dress tunic as they are typically not decorated, and are to be worn underneath his most external tunic in as many layers as is required to be sufficiently warm, particularly in winter. Because even the shorter of tunics fall to the knees, this has for centuries omitted the need for Ephyral men to utilise leg-wear, which is only seen in the military.

Dark colours are preferred by men, with white retaining a ceremonial connotation, and black a funerary one. Wool and linen are the most common materials from which it is made, though a silk tunic over a woolen undertunic is considered to be the equivalent of a suit when worn in conjunction with the citizen toga. Contrarily, hardline traditionalists shun the use of silks as women's wear (or even more harshly, a prostitute's), and utilise a wool or linen tunic as formal wear.

The apparently simplicity of the tunic is not to be mistaken as incompetence on the parts of those who make it. Where once in the Classical period, the sewn seams would've been highly visible, the modern Ephyral tunic is a neat and well fashioned article of clothing, that even the modern poor can now afford to wear a tunic of quality that once might've adorned an ancient Roman Senator or a Selian archon, king, or tyrant. The status of a man's clothing is primarily political in the modern era, as the visual gap between the poor and the wealthy in terms of the quality of tunics has become far less apparent.

Tunics with colours that are reserved for symbolism include; the long all-white tunic, worn on various occasions alongside a toga by citizen men such as his growth into manhood, the performing of rituals, or men holding the lowest Ephyral political office and magistrates of other cities and towns; the black tunic, long or short, worn alongside a toga in mourning for the loss of a family member or friend; the purple-striped white tunic and toga worn by the dual archons of Ephyra; and the blue-striped white tunic and toga worn by official ambassadors of the Freehold, though numerous other examples exist.