by Dan dos Santos
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive|
A havah is a traditional Vorin dress on Roshar. It is formfitting through the bust, shoulders, and waist, and has a flowing skirt. It is buttoned up the sides, and the left sleeve is longer than the other in order to fully cover the safehand. Often made of silk in bright colors. 
cheongsam, with full sleeves and falling from the hips. Beneath the slitted outer skirt are many thin layers like fine silk which interweave to create a sort of accordion effect. This would (I think?) allow the dress to fall at a sharp angle from the hip when still, while expanding to allow a full range of leg movement. The buttons run from the throat down to the waist, following a line from the jaw down to the collarbone, curving out to follow the bust and then down the line of the torso. I don't think there's a rule for the number of buttons, but when in doubt remember that "10" is significant to the culture. Frog buttons are legit, I think. ”The cut of a havah is similar to a
The replaceable hem would be a continuous piece attached to the underskirt. This hem piece is not easy to change, so it is probably sewn on and not attached with buttons or some other simple fastener. It is a simple enough operation that it is done with relative frequency, however. Due to the difficulty in finding fabric that is an exact match for something bought another time or place, people often purchase replacement hems in contrasting colors.
Jasnah, Shallan, and Navani wearing havahs by User : Sheep
Shallan wearing havah by User: Sheep
Navani wearing havah by User: Sheep
Havah displaying safehand by User: Sheep
Havah designs by User : Botanicaxu
The Vorin wedding gown is a variation of a havah. It is likely an older version of what is now accepted as the traditional havah design. Two Vorin wedding gowns have been described:
”Red, for luck, it was embroidered with gold and shaped much looser style than the havah, with wide sleeves and a graceful drape.
”Sapphire grown was of an ancient style, with twin drooping sleeves that went far beyond her hands. Small rubies woven into the embroidery glowed with a commentary light. A golden vest draped over the shoulders, matched by the ornate headdress woven into her braids.
The red light from the rubies' Stormlight brings the "red for luck" to Shallan's gown. Using blue for Shallan's wedding gown indicates that Vorin brides are allowed more than one color option in a traditional wedding dress.
A bridal crown typically accompanies the wedding gown, and is worn by the bride as a headpiece for the wedding ceremonies in the Vorin tradition. Hair is worn braided for the occasion. The pieces are secured to the hair. Currently only two descriptions are available:
- Navani's crown
- An "intricate headdress of jade and turquoise complemented [the] wedding gown."
- Shallan's crown
- A golden "ornate headdress woven into her braids."
The Vorin bridal dress is likely inspired by traditional Chinese wedding gowns, which are often much looser in cut than a qipao or cheongsam – the more fitted traditional dresses. The wedding gowns are often covered in gold embroidery with designs that are meant to represent luck and other blessings for the couple.
The Vorin bridal crown is likely inspired by the fengguan, or Phoenix crowns, worn by brides in traditional Chinese wedding ceremonies. Jade and turquoise are both associated with luck in many Earth cultures, including in China and Tibet.
- Words of Radiance prologue #
- The Way of Kings chapter 3 #
- The Way of Kings chapter 1 #
- Could you give us some clues about how the two lines of buttons on Vorin havah actually look like?
— Reddit - Oct 15th, 2015#
- Signing report on havah
— polk1986's Tumblr - Feb 20th, 2016#
- Oathbringer chapter 4 #
- Oathbringer chapter 122 #