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Kiranti Garments On their homeworld, clothing serves a decorative more than a protective function - still, Kiranti are quite vain, and most often go clothed as to emphasize their appearance, or hide flaws. For example, if one of them dos not like the pattern of her spots, she will wear clothes that cover the disliked part. Those with fewer spots might paint patterns on their bodies using iridescent metal pigments. Preferred fabrics are of natural materials - historically, wool and plant fiber, nowadays genetically engineered living tissue. Work clothing and environmental protection suits are made of heavy duty bioplastic that has some reparative capacity, using body waste to sustain itself - it can be fed using nutrient inlays or baths. Bioplastic clothing is able to warm the user by uncoupling the citric acid cycle from oxidative phosphorylation, much like brown fat of human infants can. Casual clothing is very loose and soft, and usually supplemented by jewelry. As their planet is rich in metals, the Kiranti do not attribute too much value to gold, silver or plating, yet they are well aware of their decorative capabilities. Jewelry is a very common gift. Living plants are included in the clothes, fed from small nutrient flasks, or storing energy within the living cloth. Work suits and even military uniforms are still highly decorative. Instead of medals and signs of rank, uniforms feature resilient flowers, much to the amusement of several macho militaries throughout the galaxy. Color, number and type of flowers denote rank and achievements. As much attention is paid to maintaining the flowers as the human military paid to polishing boots. Uniforms feature contractile filaments that allow them to shift from a loose, casual mode to a more tightly fitting form without wildly flapping decorative elements that might interfere with, say, a space suit.