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10 : The Empress In Slave's Clothing !EXCLUSIVE!

"Pirate Empress" Boa Hancock[10] is the captain of the Kuja Pirates and was the only female Warlord of the Sea prior to the organization's disbandment. She is the current empress, known as the "Snake Princess", of Amazon Lily[4] and rules over the Kuja tribe with her two younger Gorgon sisters, Boa Sandersonia and Boa Marigold.[4]

10 : The Empress in Slave's Clothing

In SBS Volume 63, Oda drew the Seven Warlords as children. Hancock is shown wearing a small, laced top with exotic swirl patterns leaving her mid-riff exposed. Her only other piece of clothing is a small loin cloth around her hips.[16]

Like her fellow Kuja, Hancock has no modesty at all, being unashamed showing herself naked to Luffy upon revealing her past and again when they reunite during the Cidre Guild Arc. However, she makes it very serious that she would rather die than ever let anyone see her slave mark on her back, fearing she would only bring shame to her people if they ever learned that their empress was a slave of the World Nobles.

In spite of her cruel behavior towards her fellow Kuja's deep down, Hancock does truly care for them, having joined the Warlords to protect them from outside forces. She even admits to Luffy she constantly lies to them out of shame fearing that she would forever tarnish the reputation of the Kuja's if they learned that their empress was a slave. After she lost her title as a Warlord, coupled with the Blackbeard Pirates and Marines recent attack, Hancock was shown worried that she is not safe on Amazon Lily anymore so long as she stays including she will endanger her sisters (Sandersonia and Marigold), her adoptive mother (Gloriosa), and the rest of the Kuja Tribe due to the Marines' persistence. Without any choice, Hancock resolved herself of leaving Amazon Lily under the protection of both Rayleigh and Shakky (one of her predecessors) for her reunion with Monkey D. Luffy (who Hancock always loves) just so she and the Kujas will be safe and for Hancock to avoid from getting captured by the World Government, due to Luffy's status as one of the Four Emperors.

After the invasion of both the Marines and Blackbeard Pirates, Hancock concluded that she would endanger the Kuja Tribe if she continues to stay in Amazon Lily. She has decided to leave her home nation under the protection of Rayleigh and the two previous empresses, Shakky and Glorisa. Due to the destruction upon Amazon Liliy, Hancock was willing to be the only person to have to leave their home if it meant they could remain safe. She was against being protected and fought on the front lines for weeks with her subjects to protect their home together. Her people supports her decision and desires to reunite with Luffy, understanding it's the best decision she can undertake in order to ensure the safety of her subjects.

The former empress Shakuyaku is one of Hancock's predecessors from 2 generation ago. Shakky provided shelter for the three sisters after they escaped from the Celestial Dragon at Mary Geoise and helped of sending them back to Amazon Lily. She has strong respect for Shakky unlike Gloriosa who at times becomes overly 'naggy' and oppressive.

Hancock is widely considered to be extremely powerful by friend and foe alike. Ruling beside her sisters, Hancock has power over Amazon Lily and the rest of the Kuja tribe. As the empress and captain of the tribe, Hancock is the strongest Kuja warrior. The Kuja believe that "strength is beauty", and since all members of the tribe state that she is the most beautiful in the world, they believe she is immensely powerful, and the strongest among the entire tribe. It is to be noted that only the strongest Kuja warriors are allowed in the country's pirate crew, Hancock and her sisters were strong enough to be there when they were small children, although it is possible, they were just apprentices like Shanks and Buggy.

Toga parties, gladiator sandals and blockbuster films offer us a stereotypical impression of fashion in ancient Rome. However, the civilisation of ancient Rome spanned over a thousand years and reached Spain, the Black Sea, Britain and Egypt. As a result, clothing varied hugely, with different styles, patterns and materials communicating information about the wearer such as marital status and social class.

As the Roman Empire expanded into new territories, fashions derived from the Greeks and Etruscans melted into styles which reflected the different cultures, climates and religions across the empire. In short, the development of Roman clothing worked in parallel to the flourishing of art and architecture across cultures.

However, from the late Republic onward, the upper classes favoured even longer and larger togas which were unsuited to manual work or physically active leisure. The heads of households might equip his entire family, friends, freedmen and even slaves with elegant, costly and impractical clothing as a way of denoting extreme wealth and leisure.

The historian Appian stated that a slave dressed as well as a master signalled the end of a stable and well-ordered society. Seneca stated that if all slaves wore a certain type of clothing then they would become aware of their overwhelming numbers and try and overthrow their masters.

All of the home-woven fabrics would be sent out to the fuller for washing and shearing. If they were to be colored, the services of a commercial dyer would be required. Returned to the house, the cloth was folded and sewn to the form of the desired garment. Ordinarily the loom permitted cloth to be woven to the size required for a single tunic or similar garment. Great lengths of yard goods were not produced for cutting into articles of clothing. As for the sewing, it evidently was not always what it should have been. In his mid teens, when Augustus performed the ritual of assuming his toga of manhood, his tunic came unsewn and fell to his feet. Many saw a good omen in this but in a more practical vein it shows that the tunic of a man was sewn together along the shoulders. Otherwise the undoing of the seams would not have allowed the garment to fall to the floor. Augustus never was a man of strong constitution and in winter he donned a woolen chest-protector (thorax laneus), an undershirt (subucula), four tunics, wraps for his thighs and shins, and a heavy woolen toga. There is absolutely no indication that his tunics were dyed or bore any other ornamentation than the two purple stripes, running over each shoulder to the hem in front and in back. Even his toga did not follow extreme fashions for it was cut so as to be neither too full nor too tight in its folds and draping. This was an important consideration since the toga by its form restricted the wearer to slow and rather majestic movements. One shaped for tight draping could be too restrictive while an overly-full toga might be a real hazard. Both Caligula and Nero experienced the embarrassment of tripping over their togas.

The empress Livia also appears to have avoided any charges of owning extravagant clothing. She must have had an assortment of under-tunics, outer-tunics or stolae, wrap-around cloaks or pallae, veils and certain unmentionables such as linen or woolen chest binders (fascia pectoralis, mamillare) for breast support. Her tunics, made of linen or wool, were probably dyed solid colors as was the general fashion and they may even have had some innocuous embroidery trimming. Although she may have worn house dresses of her own make, it is quite likely that a larger portion of her wardrobe came from commercial dealers. In this connection it is worth noting that Quintus Remmius Palaemon, while still a youthful slave, was taught how to weave. After he had achieved his freedom he set himself up in Rome as a teacher (grammaticus) during the reigns of Tiberius and Claudius. However, for extra income he owned several stores dealing in ready-made clothing (officinae promercalium vestium)!Shortly after the death of Augustus in A.D. 14 his successor Tiberius attended a meeting of the Senate in which some members criticized the growing extravagance in private life. As the Empire waxed greater so had private wealth. Among other things, the Senate decided to forbid men to wear silk garments (serica) from the East. From Hellenistic times silk-like fabrics had been woven on the island of Cos, but now under Tiberius silk imports were coming into the eastern provinces from China. By water they were brought through Ceylon and India to the Red Sea ports of Egypt and so to Alexandria. Overland through northern India and the Parthian Empire they reached Syrian

An ancient biographer states that Heliogabalus, according to reports, was the first Roman to wear clothing made completely of silk (holoserica) which strongly suggests that earlier garments described as silken were either imitations of silk-like fibers or else made of silk threads interwoven with baser fibers. This agrees with the modern understanding that the so-called silk of the island of Cos was not derived from domesticated true silkworms. It also conforms with the opinion that earlier Romans, finding imported Chinese fabric patterns not to their liking, had the threads unravelled and used for weaving more acceptable pieces, invariably including threads of less valuable fibers. Heliogabalus, too, was criticized for wearing long-sleeved tunics; after a dinner party he would often change into such a tunic, called a dalmaticus, and mix again with his guests. Considering his desire for ostentation and dislike for used clothing it is not surprising to read that he often ripped valuable garments to pieces! 041b061a72


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