Anyuvin Dress

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Anyuvin undergarments are sometimes referred to by the slang term nika-taka (nih-kah-tah-kah) from nika, the short sleeved camisole-like shirt, (think of a T-shirt too short to tuck in,) and taka, a pair of pants coming down to about mid-calf and resembling Japanese hakama in construction.  The back piece is tied on first just above the waist and is split down the back to allow it to slip on over the tail.  The front piece can be untied to allow access to the rataš, or pouch where the young are carried.

The outer garments consisted of one or more robes.  An edjage (eh-djah-geh) is the lighter, inner robe sometimes worn under the rukage (roo-kah-geh) or “outer robe.”  These are fairly form fitting from the waist up, flaring out below the waist to allow freedom of movement.  The sleeves are generally loose enough to be easily rolled up, but not overly loose.  The outer robe, unless intended soley for indoor wear, has a hood.

The robes are tied up at the waist with double cords, usually braided and brightly colored.  While there are no ‘sumptuary laws’, per se, by tradition solid black cords are reserved for those who have attained the rank of ‘radjo’ in the Anyuvin martial art, Djoncari.

Footwear is generally a leather sandal laced securely to the ankle.

The communal life of the Anyuvin does not allow for much in the way of personal property (the personal storage space of an Anyuvin is a chest slightly larger than a foot locker) so jewelry, being small, is a favored personal posession.  Almost all Anyuvin jewelry, like most of their decoration, is some form of knotwork.

Of greatest importance is the carimeza, or ‘spirit glass’, a small glass vial in a (usually) copper cage that is worn about the neck and which carries a small slip of paper upon which the individual’s carivek, or ‘spirit verse’, is written.

The Anyuvin are also fond of weaving rings and tubes into their manes.  Warriors will often do this as a little extra protection and also to keep their manes from whipping around and blinding them.  Earrings are also popular, some Anyuvin having half a dozen small hoops piercing their ears.