River Basin | Getting Dressed


If you travelled to a village in my imaginary
river basin, you’d find these trees growing all over the place, which the locals call taby. And every year, they produce an abundant crop
of hairy fruit which grow on their trunks. Those fruit are called matnusli, and their
wild varieties look like this, so the long filaments are the result of thousands of years of cultivation. They are harvested before they ripen, right
after the filaments have grown to their full length, after which the filaments are removed
and dried out in the sun. The fruit themselves are used as a vegetable. They are peeled and cut in half, the seeds
in the core are removed, and just as raw bananas, they can then be either fried or boiled. You can think of them as potatoes that grow
on trees, since their flavour is about that bland and inoffensive, though the hairy fruit
are two times more starchy than your average potato. And they don’t preserve as well as potatoes do, so they are only available during the middle of summer. But if they are left on the tree to ripen,
they will turn black, the filaments will become brittle and unusable, and the fruit inside
will be soft and sweet. Which is when monkeys might show up to steal
them. But getting back to those filaments that we’ve
left to dry out in sun! They are called midy, and once dry, they can
be spun into thread, which is also called midy, and which has many uses, weaving it
into fabric being one of them. The thread can be used undyed, to make brown
fabric, or it could be dyed black, which immediately makes it much more fancy, though the black
dye that’s used fades pretty fast when exposed to the sun. For something even more fancy, either the
unspun filaments, or the thread, can be soaked in citrus fruit juice for a few days, which
will make it bright red. But! The fabric made from this red thread can only
be worn by the aristocracy. But the weaving thread made from the filaments
of the hairy fruit, be it brown or black or red, is usually not used to make mono-colour clothing. I omit these details in my drawings, because
I don’t want these videos to kill me, but people usually combine this thread with thread
that’s made from a flax-like plant, and that can be dyed to be any available colour, to
weave patterns in the fabric. And the most commonly woven things are two
more or less standard sizes of fabric. One is rectangle that is twice as long as
it is wide, and is called ki-peslihy. It can be worn as a dress, wrapped in the
manner shown on screen. And it can be worn as a cloak, or used as
a blanket. The second size is a really long rectangle,
and it’s called ki-hokkaxla. The word comes from the old phrase “xokuke
xalilexa”, which meant “completed weaving” or “entire weaving,” and which then got abbreviated
to xokukali and with time became xokkaly. These pieces of cloth are used as a standard
measure of a person’s wealth, so the collective prefix sa- (which is also a word that means
“five” and “hand”), was used to form the word sa-hokkaxla, which refers to “the entirety
of somebody’s wealth.” And when there’s a word referring to a collection
of something which was made using the prefix sa-, there also tends to be a word referring
to an individual item belonging to that group formed using the prefix ki-, so people took
the word xokkaly and formed ki-hokkaxla, which means exactly the same thing as the word it
was derived from. And these long pieces of cloth are not only
used as a measure of wealth, they also are worn as clothing, mostly by the aristocracy. Women start off by wrapping the end of the
cloth around their waist like a skirt, then they have someone bring the loose end upwards to their shoulder where it’s folded, and the folds are pinned. Those folds can look several different ways,
I’m showing only one type here. And it’s all repeated at the next shoulder. Then the fabric goes underneath the armpit,
and back up to the shoulder, where it’s folded and pinned, and becomes connected to the fabric in the back. The same is repeated at the next shoulder,
and the loose end then travels underneath the armpit and to the back, where it’s inserted
into the fold and everything is pinned again. And the outfit is complete! Men start off the same, by forming a skirt,
but then they bring the rest of the fabric around the back and to the front. Because men dress up on their own, and all
that folding and pinning would be too much of a pain with no one to help out. Which is not to say that they couldn’t do
some of that if they felt like it. And finally, those long pieces of fabric are
also part of the yearly tribute that the aristocratic houses send to the capital. The amount of fabric they need to send is
calculated based on the amount of peasant households they have on their land, because
the peasants are the ones growing and harvesting the crops from which weaving thread is spun. And when peasants weave those longer pieces
of fabric, it’s usually not for them to keep to themselves, so while the word
for those longer pieces came from a phrase that meant “complete weaving,” the word for
the shorter pieces comes from the verb that means “to wear,” because the shorter pieces
of fabric are the ones they do wear, while the longer ones are the ones they don’t.

100 thoughts on “River Basin | Getting Dressed

  1. I've been thinking, are there other people in your world? Do the people in the river basin have good ocean boats? Are there more than one kingdom? Is there any need for war or weapons? So much you've yet to cover!

  2. Eee, that was so cool! I love the hairy fruit. I can imagine that the over ripened fruits can be turned into alcoholic beverages, so that may be why some are left on the trees?

  3. Man, everything is so creative and makes so much sense. I can't get over how good this channel is!!!

  4. i’m in awe at the amount of information ur able to convey in such a great and eye catching manor whilst also keeping ur videos so short. love them.

  5. When did you sort of 'formally' start building this world? 🙂 e.i. how long have you spent building this fabric of facts? 🙂

  6. I love these videos so much, the animations and drawings are beautiful and I love the detail! Please keep doing the awesome work

  7. I just realized that your intro looks very similar to this: http://imgur.com/a/XdfEp. Intentional? ☺️

  8. What were the ancestors of the Itlu like before they got influenced by the underground creature? If the creature somehow vanished, and it's weird effects along with it, could Itlu society go through cultural shifts and possibly even expand to new land and/or industrialize?

  9. If I'm following the "thread" of the culture correctly, the people of Itlu see themselves as little parts of a similar whole. I wonder, in the future, as they come to learn more about the planet on which they live, how they will view the hair-fruit that has been so integral to their culture for so long. If each person is like a thread, then the whole of the people are like a ream of cloth. But then what does that make the fruit? Or the tree? I wonder if the hairfruit tree will come to be an allegory for the planet itself. Or the bird within. I'm getting so wrapped up in the strands of this culture that reveres self-similarity.

  10. Do you have any tips for coming up for clothing styles? I get that they're supposed to reflect and complement the surroundings and climate in which the culture is inserted, but I get pretty lost from there…

  11. This is an impressive amount of detail for something that's normally taken for granted in storytelling. Kudos!

  12. Two problems with the fruit:

    1) Your fruit seems to lack evolutionary sense. Fruit arises from flowers. Flowers evolved from colorful new leaves that grew out of buds AT THE END OF STEMS when the plant was ready to fruit. It is a considerably larger evolutionary jump to go from flowers growing out buds at the end of stems than flowers coming out of trunks or roots. (But very good catch on realizing that the long filaments served no evolutionary process and would actually impede seed dispersal, and would have to be artificially selected for.) But I am assuming you don't have supernatural influence on your evolution processes to push thing around greatly. If you do have supernatural influence, this this is not a concern and ignore this point. (Though if it was supernatural influence it would be interesting to know why a supernatural force did this)

    2) While I find this interesting as a world-building exercise, what story telling goal are you trying achieve by having your cloth arise from trees, instead of real world examples? Like for example I could have replaced everything before 1:18 with something about a brown silk harvested from silkworms that grow on those same trees, and there would seemingly been no change to the rest of this video. The fact I can do that makes your choice feel arbitrary or contrarian, and that in turn makes your fruit feel artificial and superficial.

  13. Impressive attention to detail. I especially like the distinction between the ways men and women dress because men dress alone. Very interesting! I was going to ask you, where do you keep the notes on your world? Do you put pen to paper, or keep it all drawn out on a PC? I'd like to start doing something like this, but I don't know where to store my ideas!

    And if it interests you, I'm interested in the insect species you mentioned in your animals video and I'd like to see what they are, what they do, how they live, and how the people interact with them. Do any spread disease like mosquitoes? Do any create hives or hills and live in huge groups? Are any super big? Are there insecticides or fly strips made from sweet but sticky tree saps or something? Lots you could do with insects, but if not, I will just let my imagination run wild. Anyway, love the videos. Very inspiring and creative.

  14. Holy cow. This is some delicious world building. I love how thoroughly you've developed this civilization.

  15. Wow… This is amazing! Why have I never found your videos? The detail you put into making the item, its use and the origin of the raw material but even more impressive the origin and meaning of the names are fantastic. All this minor details that would feel like extra information one wouldn't use actually breathe life into the world and it's inhabitants, making them credible and useful to the bigger economic picture.
    As someone who enjoys to come up with concepts and explanations on fantasy world building I often hesitate to add too much to a single object or on other cases focus more on the object than on its use and place on society.
    This was just beautiful and I really hope to see more in the future, keep up the good work!

  16. I just got here and I’ve never seen your videos in my life and I’m very confused but also very interested.

  17. this is amazing, the thought you put into every aspect of worldbuilding inspires me to do the same, the bit that wowed me the most was the diagrams of how to wear the first piece of clothing, amazing 😀

  18. How did you come up with your plants? Did you base them off of real world plants? I would really like to know, because it's hard for me to imagine different plants and animals.

  19. Interesting. Would the peasants wear pieces of this cloth as an outfit, wear one small piece as part of an outfit / to accentuate the outfit, or cut it up/ use small pieces as fringe/ decorative edging?

  20. ooh wordbuilding. this is interesting. perhaps i will eventually try to make a world
    for now imma watch more of this

  21. Very interesting. You clearly have a good sense of real history which informs and enriches your own world-building.

  22. That was very interesting. The part with the monkey made me think, "Hey why not hit that monkey with a stick." Then you'd have sweet fruits and monkey meat. Maybe grill the monkey and baste it in fruit jelly. Like how you do turkey or whatever.

  23. Very good ans indepth video but I must wonder, is your original language sami?

  24. So beautifully in-depth and well thought-out! And your voice is mesmerising.

  25. I would like to know more about your conlang’s grammar and vocabulary. Could you make more videos on that? It’s very interesting! Also I love all of the thought you put into your own world!

  26. I'm guessing (sorry if i'm wrong, i have only watched two episodes) that the climate in this basin is pretty warm, with either calm winters or no winters at all. As the clothes reminds you of southern europe and asia rather than say the inuits. Great job with this world!

  27. just went through your videos, theyre all SO COOL AND DETAILED but also overwhelming, in the best way possible!! Your explanation of process and designs are so easy to read and understand for me, its super helpful and really inspiring❤️

  28. I have no idea what this is for (since this is the first video of yours I've seen), but you've piqued my interest! I would definitely read a book which featured this culture. 😀

  29. Well looks like my YouTube recommendations did something right, this was a very detailed and intriguing video and I'm already interested to learn more about this fictional world. Well done!

  30. I've always been obsessed with worldbuilding. Screw the chosen one, I wanna know what's going on.

  31. Someone call George R.R. Martin, I've found a rival in worldbuilding for him! 🤣

  32. This is interesting…your hairy potato trees have some of the characteristics of a coconut, and some of the characteristics of breadfruit. I imagine that the fruit could also be used to make something like vodka, and that the most skilled weavers might be able to produce embroidery or patterned fabric (though that is not shown in your video) and a few other interesting ways to decorate their clothing like bead work or weaving feathers into it. My world building is much simpler, because I base much of my stuff on traditional Saami and Northern European ideas…pretty much everyone wears wool or reindeer leather and goes a little bit gaga over silk or bright colours.

  33. I’ve never heard an accent like your’s anywhere else and I really love it. It’s so soothing. Also you’re really creative with your ideas, and I aspire to write as well as you. Keep it up! 😀

  34. This is the first video I found from you, and it took like half the video to understand your accent, but I think I got it now.

  35. Ok so I got recommended this randomly. I will say this video is very interesting. But can someone give me some background info?

  36. The way you present your videos is extremely dignified and endearing. It sounds super professional whilst also being earnest: You're not trying to dress anything up by pretending it's in some way real, for example. You're just showing off your cool ideas as just that, which I think is why so many people are attracting to your content. I hope this inspires other channels to be like yours, as it could provide a good avenue for artists and writers who aren't so good at presentation a good reference to use when presenting their own work to others. Love your stuff. Do you think you can make anything involving hard mountains?

  37. I've never seen worldbuilding to this extent before :0
    Smth I need take into consideration for my own worlds :U

  38. Hi. I discovered your channel yesterday. I don't usually comment youtube videos but I wanted to thank you for yours. It's really inspiring and original. I wish I had your talent.

  39. If this civilization described managed to stay functional to the Industrial Age, then an interesting consequence is that the bank notes are going to be longer if their value is higher.

  40. I clicked expecting an Extra Credit style video about fantasy world building, but instead I got…what is this? What is that accent? It sounds like a cross between an Indian accent and a Norway accent.

  41. I'd love to see this videos more but every now and then u feel the channel trolls me with the heavy heavy accents

  42. What accent is that ??
    I'm not trying to be rude or anything I'm just interested

  43. Very well done! Makes me want to work on my own world, and getting the videos for the world put up on my channel as well. So many things to do, so little time. Adore your voice as well, very articulate and soothing.

  44. This is the kind of in-depth complexity I dream to mimic in my own writing; great work with this!

  45. WOW! Oh my gosh! This is… Wow… I can tell you've really pug a lot of effort in… So much thought… My mind was blown when you talked about the formation of that word… Just wow… Makes me feel kinda overwhelmed. I came here expecting writing advice, however I was quite surprised to find this instead.

  46. This is so interesting! I love your explanations, you just gained a new sub!

  47. You kinda sound like the Language you invented is your actual mother language.

  48. if this didn't say worldbuilding in the title I would genuinely think this was some ancient culture. Amazing!

  49. I Really like how you described the fruit, it was interesting and really in depth, you’ve obviously put a lot of work into this.

  50. I would love to see how your people use animals! Like farming, hunting etc.

  51. I am writing a book and i couldnt thank you enough for the insight and detail you presented.

  52. I'm starting a race of people who live primarily through the use of fungi.

    The mycelium is compressed and either strung and used as a thread, baked into a type of leather.

    The fabric is used in the fashioning of thin, white-brown clothing, worn as skirts and chest coverings by women and simple shorts for men. (Note that measurements aren't taken for the clothing because it's more efficient to patch or rip them, as the fabric is mended without an easily noticable trace)

    Leather is used for vests when venturing into cooler regions for trade and other items like say saddles and bags.

  53. I like the idea of the differences iin clothing style arising from whether or not you have help when getting dressed. I imagine a scene that would tell you a lot about, e.g. a male aristocrat depending on his clothing. i.e. Maybe he cares a great deal about his image and thus wears elaborate foldings or similar. Also, love the language explanation!

  54. i got confused thought this was from an actual civilization, gosh, you're good.

  55. I am absolutely blown away by the amount of thought put into this, and the previous videos. I have yet only seen three, but my jaw was dropped the entire time. I love your voice and this world. I wish to know more, so I will now watch the rest in this playlist and be disappointed when I run out of unwatched videos.

  56. This is so beautiful. I really want someone to dress like with these clothing so I can see what it looks like on a really person!

  57. This is the first video I’ve watched from you and your language is super complex and thought out and it’s cool but I got confused real fast but it’s really cool

  58. ive never heard of boiling bananas. ive fried it a few times, but normally eat it raw

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