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The Incredible Incas
If everyone wore the same style clothing how could you tell the Inca nobles from the commoners?
For the commoners, each village or work unit was assigned a different set of patterns and colors they could wear. If they wore anything else they were arrested and put to death. The nobles could wear any pattern or color they wanted and embroidered and added feathers to their clothing. Inca Clothing & Inca Nobles