A handsome people, the Sadiri (especially the nobility) take great pride in their appearance. A softening cream, made up of goat’s milk, tiri shoots and clay is worn nightly to undo the damage of the sun’s harsh rays. This leaves most Sadiri with a warm, bronzy tone to their unlined skin. The cream prevents all except the very oldest from gaining wrinkles. Generally, only House Parthan, Nadia and the very ill have paler skin, all their time spent indoors.
Their dark hair is worn long with tremendous care taken to keep it smooth. Men wear theirs generally in a long braid down their back. Women, from day to day, just put their hair behind their ears, but on special occasions they form it into elaborate styles. For noblewomen, because they consider every day they are around to be special, generally have their hair persistently in these styles. Often having two or three handmaidens spending at least an hour a day on them.
While working during the day, most commoners wear soft, simple, durable clothing. For work requiring a lot of physical exertion, both men and women wear pants and tunics in a variety of colors. Even though it is only their labor clothes, they still take some pride in how it looks. For other types of work (market merchants, weaving, etc.) a simple frock is often worn for ease of movement.
At night, when the work is done, things change and so do the people. Everyone out in public is dressed to impress, with the more over the top people in all manner of frills and tassels and feathers. But even those who keep it down wear colorful velvet in elaborate cuts that highlight their forms and serve to show their prestige.
The Thannist peasantry is a sorry looking group dressed in harsh, filthy rags with even filthier bodies. In stark opposition to the Sadiri, they care not for how they look. Men and most women crop their hair short so as not to be bothered by ratty dreadlocks that would interfere with their work. Clothes are functional, worn until they wear out. Bathing is uncommon.
The nobility and priests are a different story. Their clothing is made of fine fabrics and maintained for immaculate condition. The commonly adorn themselves with rings and pendants that denote their status above the common folk. Often, they wear their hair long and are generally a little plump, lack of physical exertion and abundance of food making for quite a few paunches.
Because the sun’s rays aren’t quite as powerful in the northwestern Tal Protectorate, the Tal people don’t need as much pigmentation as those from the South. This results in fair paler skin and hair (sometimes even as light as blond). As such, many Tal cannot pass easily for Sadiri and compensate for this in a number of ways so as to remain undetected. Vegetable dyes of a semi-permanent nature are used both on the skin and hair to give more traditional Sadiri tones.
For clothing, the Tal generally wear undyed, cotton fabrics made into robes or pants and tunics for farmers.
Generally taller and slimmer than the Sadiri, the Tal have slightly more delicate features, although not out of the norm for other peoples.