Anmai-isi is the name given to the garb worn by young diurn marsupia children –
The Anmai-isi is bright and ornate – often with large beads or embroidery sewn onto the tierzoh to make up for the lack of removeable ornamentation
This type of outfit is worn until the children are old enough ‘to be given jewelery without fear of it being lost’ indicating that the childs has grown into a sense of responsibility encompasses more than themself.
It is then that they begin their formal training in Anmai (mental shielding), martial and other life skills.
It is with pride that a child puts aside their anmai-isi – they have grown to an age where they are believed and trusted to look after themselves and others, their armor becoming something they carry within rather than a garb that must be donned..
The under layer of Anmai consisting of a pair of drawstring trousers (ofwami) and loose high collar undershirt (tselh) which are woven of light wool, linen or silk and are dyed with herbs that repel biting insects and seal the fabric against staining.
Anbai is similar to Zheru in components and design – encouraging children to hold their backs straight and also protecting their belly/pouch region from harm (this, the throat, back and thigh region being where most predators would target prey)
The Obashk is an elven marvel and the techniques involved in its making is a secret kept to those who craft it alone.
This over-apparel is an enamelled fabric- made through a mixture of craft and enchantment it is both a light armor impervious to stick, stone and arrow – the back and shoulder is reinforced incase of falls – and also is woven with wards to protect young marsu from absorbing any magical energies that might lead to oubaia.
Tierza, a surcoat of sorts, is usually woven of silks in family colours or patterns, often bright, to assist in identifying yound marsupia from a distance. The method in which both the tierzah and tselh are woven is such that they readly shed moisture – speeding the drying of young that might be caught in the rain or fall in a streamlet.
Zheru are arm wrappings that have, inside been quilted with small light ceramic scales – a protective forearm guard for younglings that are constantly playing in harsh enviroments but also, as they grow older, increasingly heavier zheru are worn to build up strength and endurance.
In the very young Zheru often end up being unravelled and used in play (often a long suffering parent will later have to untangle yards of this saffron ribbon from thorn bushes that have been roped into a fort or a sibling that has been ‘captured’ and tied to a tree). It is a great pride for any marsu child to be able to bind their own Zheru.
he zheru also play a part in supporting the marsu childs wrists – their excessively long forearm, wrist and hand bones being especially fragile in youth.
Apart from those of the Abottessa and Oracle all of the
robes of the clerical order of Meiinda are relatively similar.
The garb consists of a pair of indigo dyed blue linen or
wool drawstringed trousers under a split sided saffron dyed
The collar, waist sash and hem of which is spider silk embroidered in all but the case of novices (who lack the band of hem embroidery – this they will stitch themselves as they undertake their vigil before taking full oaths into the order) .
The boar in the foreground is master of the novices and rarely wears the over apron of the other ranks. The master-healer(on the left)’s rank is denoted by the band of band around the bottom of her robe.
All fabric materials used by the order of Meiinda come
from plant or animal fibre – leather and similar materials
that involve the death of an animal to acquiire are abhorred.
They use much silk but it is all of short thread from abandoned moth cocoons. The higher rangs have clothing woven of spider
silk, also know as ‘gift of the goddess’