The Middle Kingdom
Alaad is an equatorial nation with a hot, humid climate. Aside from soldiers, neither men nor women wear any kind of chest covering. The sole mandatory piece of clothing is a hip-wrapper, sometimes long enough to serve as a skirt, in other cases little more than a loin-cloth, particularly for manual laborers. Men and women wear sandals when traveling, but otherwise go about barefoot, although women often decorate their soles with henna. Elaborate headdresses, often with jewels or precious metals, are worn in public by officials of high rank. Hair is typically knotted in a bun, or shaved off entirely for young children and ascetics.