World 10, Exploration A

In World 10 there are hidden Gods that protect, heal and watch over those who devote their life to raw materials. The most glorified and acknowledged Gods are: GOSSYPIUM – The God of Cotton; MARY JANE – God of all things Hemp; Melocanna Baccifera – God of Bamboo; LINUM – God of Linen; BOMBYX – God of Silk; GOSPLEUNM – God of Wool. Worshipping these Gods portrays a sense of worth and knowledge within oneself and only those who are truly devoted will be able to work with the raw materials.

There are important stages you must go through to work with the God given materials – you must first become a Neophyte. A Neophyte is a tailor that has extensive knowledge in their chosen raw material and commits their life to this cause. They must go through a 4-year initiation process where they are stripped off their current life and given lessons to make sure they master their skills. Next, they must go through a sacramental blessing which involves being wrapped in a sacred yarn by the community of Neophytes and then pushed into a bath full of dye. The last stage to confirm entry into the livelihood of Neophytes is to sign a scroll using embroidery.

This Exploration was contributed by Thierry Rwezaura and other Fashion Fictions contributors (located in the UK), developed from a World contributed by Sally Cooke, using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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