Describe the Lilliputians' attire in Gulliver's Travels. 

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Gulliver describes the dress of the people of Lilliput in quite flattering terms in part because he found much to admire about them and in part because they were so small that everything about them seemed very fine (consider his encomiums on their perfect skin, etc.).  Gulliver describes the dress of the emperor of Lilliput as being "very plain and simple, the Fashion of it between the Asiatick and the European."  Gulliver means plain and simple to be compliments, as the emperor is dressed simply but smartly.  He wears a gold helmet, studded with many jewels, and crowned with a feather plume.  Gulliver says that both the male and female courtiers are dressed "magnificently," all embroidered with gold and silver, so that when they all stand in a group, it looks like a beautiful petticoat has been spread out on the ground. 

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