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10 Historically Accurate Details About The Costumes In 'ATLA' That Are Actually Super Interesting

List RulesVote up the fascinating facts about the costumes from 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'!

Although it's set in a fantastical universe, much of the clothing in A:TLA is based on clothes that were popular across various real cultures and time periods. Vote up the facts about the clothing in Avatar: The Last Airbender that you find most fascinating!

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    Kyoshi Warrior Clothing Is Based On Kabuki Theater

    The Kyoshi Warriors are immensely cool in part because they use fans as weapons, but also because their style is deeply indebted to the traditions of Japanese Kabuki theater. The makeup, elaborate, dress-based costumes and the fans are all elements that seem to be based on Kabuki theater (source: Britannica), as is the Kyoshi Warriors distinctive fighting style. Kabuki is a style of dance theater, and Kyoshi Warriors integrate elements of dance into their fighting style as well. 

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    Fire Nation Shoulder Pads Are Based On Thai Armor

    Many elements of the Fire Nation's culture are based on imperial Japan, whereas the Earth Kingdom is based on ancient China. When it comes to one element of their armor, though, the Fire Nation are much more indebted to Thai culture. The triangular shoulder pads common on Fire Nation armymen is pulled from traditional Thai armor (source: Cultures of Avatar: The Last Airbender), as well as Thai ballet costumes. Japan may be the greatest influence on the Fire Nation, but it wasn't the only one. 

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    Aang Wears Clothing Similar To The Dalai Lama In Season 3

    In the show's third season, Aang does a bit of wardrobe change, especially for the show's final scenes. In this sequence, Aang is dressed in more flowing robes, and his clothes more closely resemble those worn by the Dalai Lama (source: Architectural Digest). This is a fitting transition for Aang, as he becomes a spiritual leader whose immediate fights are behind him. The clothes he ends the show in are clothes signifying peace and prosperity.

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    Aang's Clothes Resemble Those Of Shaolin Monks

    The Air Nomads that Aang is descended from are very clearly based on Eastern monks, and that's true of their clothing as well. In the show's first two season, Aang's clothes resembles those traditionally worn by Shaolin monks (source: Learn Religion). Those aren't the flowing robes typically worn by Western monks, but are much more equipped for the kind of movement that Aang often does during the show's action sequences. 

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