The Wheel of Time - The Call of the Horn
Cadin’sor is the “uniform” of Aiel warrior societies. The cadin’sor, worn by all men and by all Maidens of the Spear, is an adaptation of the ancient Da’shain working clothes. The word cadin’sor roughly translates to “working clothes” in the Old Tongue. It includes a coat and breeches made in cloth of grey and brown tones to blend in with the environment of the Waste. Since the arrival of the Aiels in the Wetlands, green tones have been added to fit the much greener environment. The Aiel have added soft, laced knee-high boots practical for desert wear, as well as a shoufa, a scarflike garment that is wrapped around the head and neck, leaving only the face bare. When preparing to kill, they pull the attached black veils on the shoufa over the nose and mouth as well, veiling the face according to tradition.
The only obvious difference between the garb of male warriors and that of other Aiel men is that the warriors carry a larger knife. The cut of the cadin’sor coat is different for each clan, though the differences are subtle, and to most people other than the Aiel, are difficult to see.