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OT: clothing terms (was: Re: OT: CUNY...)

From:Matt Pearson <pearson@...>
Date:Friday, June 8, 2001, 20:29
Irina Rempt wrote:

> On Thu, 7 Jun 2001, Yoon Ha Lee wrote: > > > ObConlang: Clothing terms in your conlangs? > > Surprisingly, I don't have many actual terms, though I've thought a > lot about clothes in the culture.
The Tokana wear long loose-fitting cotton shirts open at the neck, and either buckskin breeches (in wet or cold weather) or kilts/skirts made of cotton (in dry warm weather). Winter attire includes wool cloaks and overcoats made of wool or llama skin. Festival attire consists principally of intricately embroidered vests (also made of wool or leather) and elaborate jewellery. There are few differences in attire between the sexes, although men's shirts are either sleeveless or have their sleeves cut below the wrist, while women's shirts generally have their sleeves cut above the wrist (when a man wears a long-sleeve shirt cut above the wrist, it is considered a sign of effeminacy). Similarly, men's kilts tend to end above the knee while women's skirts end below the knee. In general, men's clothing is more colourful than women's clothing, although the elaborateness of one's dress correlates more with wealth and social standing than with sex. The word for "cloth, fabric, textile(s)" in Tokana is _mul_, and from this are formed the words _emul_ "garment, article of clothing" and _mulin_ "clothing (in general)". Some other terms for articles of clothing: ethiom "vest, sleeveless shirt" halas "ceremonial vest" pamul "overcoat" pathok "boots, overshoes" sipe "breeches" thok "shoes" thomi "shirt" Matt.


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