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Peltastan was produced in the modern age and was the result of collaboration between Ailor interests and Asha know-how with their most prized fabric product. While it is not waterproof like its progenitor Elastan (though many consider the two materials siblings rather than parent and child), Peltastan is soft, and still form-fitting, finding its use in clothing made to hug the body away from bodies of water. It also has the benefit of having a wider range of colors easily added to it in contrast with Elastan, which is hard to dye. The material is commonly exported from the Ashal Islands, but has notable output facilities in Asha enclaves within the Regalian Archipelago due to the Ailors enjoyment of the material.
Peltastan is a modern fabric and thus has a well-documented history. Around 110 AC, in the Fair-Port of the Asha States, Ailor merchants of the Regalian Empire began trading for the first time. A pair of brothers, the van Maudbergs, would be notable in this party as they established a permanent trade tie in the city. Over the next two decades, they continued to deal in the Fair-Port and gained the trust of those they haggled with. In 131 AC, Joost van Maudberg asked Medes daughter of Qedet, his main supplier of Elastan garments, to try and weave wool to craft a waterproof, and warming, garment. She agreed, and over the course of several months, worked to refine the process with input and ideas from Joost. The result was Peltastan, and its emergence was initially deemed as an insult by local weavers who socially ostracized Medes for “tainting” Elastan in this manner. Furious, Joost, Medes and a handful of others went on to show the benefits of the material and the negative viewpoint soon changed. While it was not waterproof as intended, its other qualities more than made up for that. As the Brother Kingdoms gradually came together, Peltastan spread across the Ashal Islands, and Peltastan became a fabric exported a close second to Elastan. Joost would go on to marry Medes, and eventually give up his part of the business to his nephews, with Peltastan showing the benefits of a bridge between different Races.
Peltastan is immediately distinguishable from Elastan for many reasons. For one, it is easily dyed and it exists in an array of colors. However, these colors are often paler than normal hues and lack the rich color tone Elastan or other fabrics are known for. It is soft to the touch, but it does not have the same sleek surface Elastan has, and it cannot repel water despite the original idea behind its creation.
Peltastan is used for a broader range of uses than Elastan due to its soft nature, as well as its practicality for use outside of a naval environment. For the Asha, and those who follow their fashion trends or make use of clothing they create, Peltastan is often worn on the torso or along the upper legs, filling the gaps often created by Elastan. It is still form-fitting, and so outsiders also like making vests of the material, or other torso wear that will show off their build. Others use it to make clothing for younger children, especially babies, due to its close fit and soft surface.
- Peltastan trousers are sometimes all that are worn by boxers in competition rings within urban centers of the Regalian Empire. Exactly why is unclear, but their softness and clinging to the body is often viewed as a benefit rather than anything billowing.
- Velheim Ailor enjoy using Peltastan due to its complementary nature to furs, since its woolen nature lets it blend in with the animal products.
- Joost van Maudberg and Medes daughter of Qedet’s marriage produced two Half-Asha children, who suddenly vanished in 190 AC. Both were later found recorded as dead on the Ashal Islands, and their children have joined the Kheni-Hetef Fleet with their descendants remaining there to this day. What happened is not clear, but some suspect shadowy organizations pursued the siblings later in life for unknown reasons.
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HydraLana on 11/30/2023.
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