Since dye and fabric are a major part of The Firelight Isle, I’ve tried to pay special attention to the clothing that the people of Azul wear. The following are a couple of designs that I produced after taking inspiration from clothes of various different cultures found in the Pitt Rivers Museum.

The driving idea behind the designs is to produce clothes with form and shape whilst using minimal tailoring. Each item of clothing is normally made by cutting and folding a single piece of fabric, with large toggles as the main method of securing the fabric, and thick, chorded hemming keeping the edges durable.


  1. Ethyl Cannes says:

    I love that you are thinking about this. As a costume historian and textile (as well as comic book) nerd I am always bothered by how arbitrary a lot of artists are about clothing their characters.
    I’m also eager to see what sort of weaving technologies this society uses :) Narrow-width backstrap looms tend to drive garment patterning that relies heavily on rectangular piecing. If you don’t have it already, Max Tilke’s “Costume Pattern and Design” is a great resource (just looked it u on Amazon and YEESH did the price go up. Makes me wish I hadn’t given away my copy years ago or I’d just send it to you.)
    Uh, anyway, hi, yes, I am so looking forward to seeing what you do with this.

  2. UtahPirate says:

    How about a more triangular process, which uses two warps to the weave? The result would be triangular, hexagonal, or nonagonal… and snowflake patterns might be common, 60-degree angles (and multiples thereof) would be very easy, and selvage would be along two edges.

    Just an idea.

  3. @Ethyl
    Wow, that’s an awesome speciality! I’m basing the loom that Anlil uses on an Ainu loom in the Pitt Rivers museum, but I must admit that my knowledge of weaving is pretty basic. That book looks like a treasure trove! I found a second hand one for $40, but the seller won’t ship to the UK! All the others are at least $70 or over. I shall keep on looking!

    And a good one from the sounds of things! I can only just imagine the sort of loom it would require though. Can you think of a good example, I’m having troubles finding one.

  4. Ethyl Cannes says:

    I *think* @UtahPirate meant something like this, but I’m not sure:
    The technique would actually give you three selvedges. Pretty neat, but not particularly quick as far as techniques go. Would also limit woven-in decorative options, although there might be a way to create lace-like designs by strategically dropping “passes”.

    I’m having a super-hard time controlling my excitement and desire to go “Oh, but have you thought about THIS…!” and will try to just be patient an see what sort of great stuff I am positive you will produce :D I’m just going to start referring to this project of yours as “The Intersection of All My Nerderies”. Next time we empty the Change Jar I’m going to suggest to my husband that we put the money towards the Indie Gogo campaign.

  5. @Ethyl
    I found a copy of Costume Pattern and Design being sold in the UK, and it was delivered this morning. Can’t thank you enough for the recommendation, it’s a fantastic resource!!
    Seriously speaking, if you’d like to talk more about costume related stuff, feel free to contact me directly!

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