Flora's faulds.jpg
Flora's faulds




Faldones[2] (es-es Speaker.svg)

Original name

ターセット[3] Tāsetto Speaker.svg


Skirt of metal bands that protect hips and thighs




Claymore warriors, humans

First appearance

Scene 1, Anime Scene 1

Etymology[edit | edit source]

"Faulds "Speaker.svg is a dialectal Scots form of "fold" in the sense of "field" or "meadow."[4] The connection, if any, to the armor skirt is unknown.

Usually unnamed by characters in the series. Described as "skirt-like fauld armour" in the FUNimation DVD booklets.[5]

"Faulds" is a common last name in English-speaking countries. Name of the Victorian era Scottish physician, Henry Faulds, who introduced modern medical procedures and fingerprinting in Japan during the 19th century.

Description[edit | edit source]

Claymore[edit | edit source]

Warriors wear a metal skirt, consisting of bands protecting the hips and thighs. The faulds hang from a belt tucked under the shirt. This belt also holds a waist Pouch[6] which is usually hidden under the Cape.

Awakened Claymore Faulds.jpg
No seat plate

Considerable variation in band shape and number among warriors.[7][8][9][10] Clare's faulds, for example, has eight bands and a protective seat plate.

Historic antecedents[edit | edit source]

Claymore world[edit | edit source]

During the Initial Male Era and the female First Generation,[11] faulds are worn on the hips. This design derives from the mainland, where hip faulds are worn on both sides of the mainland war.[12] During the Luciela Era of the Old Generation, the full skirt appears.[13]

Raki in armor.jpg
Hip design on Raki

The hip design is still used by the Men in Black and humans outside the Organization.

Real world[edit | edit source]

In contrast to the renaissance faulds of European armor suits, Claymore faulds allude to "pteruges"—skirts of leather strips worn by ancient Greek and Roman soldiers. Unlike the historical pteruges, Claymore faulds appear to be of solid metal stylized in an Art Deco manner.

Design[edit | edit source]

Skirt design[edit | edit source]

In addition to the various shapes of the individual bands themselves, the arrangement of the bands varies from warrior to warrior.

Direction[edit | edit source]
Vertical[edit | edit source]

Most skirts have bands that overlap vertically or hang free with little contact with each other. Examples of overlap are Teresa and Clare. An examples of almost no overlap is the Awakened Claymore.

Awakened Claymore Faulds 2.jpg
No overlap between rhomboid bands

Horizontal[edit | edit source]

Other skirts have bands that overlap horizontally. These arrays usually protect the hips—examples are the skirts of Rafaela[14] and Helen.[15]

Rafaela's faulds.jpg
Horizontal overlap on hips

Sometimes these arrays hang in front, as with Jean's skirt.[16]

Seat[edit | edit source]

Teresa's skirt has a protective plate on the seat of the skirt, which is missing on other uniforms, as in the case of Ilena or the Awakened Claymore.

Elena's faulds.jpg
Seat plate

Band shape[edit | edit source]

The faulds or bands usually take on the shape of leaves:

  • cuneate: wedge (Teresa)
  • spatulate: spatula-shaped (Undine)
  • rhomboid: crystal-shaped (Elena)
  • truncate: squared-off end (Clare's seat plate)

Individual skirts usually combine these shapes. For example, Veronica uses wide spatulate bands on the hips, narrow cuneate bands front and back, with a rhomboid seat plate in the rear.

Additional details[edit | edit source]

  • Avex calls faulds ターセット tāsetto (tassets)
  • Clare calls faulds a "skirt" in the Ediciones Glénat España translation

References[edit | edit source]

Tankōbon Claymore volumes cited are VIZ Media (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted. Manga scenes (chapters) not yet translated cite Shueisha tankōbon (ja) editions. Manga scenes not yet published in tankōbon form cite Jump SQ (ja) editions. Fragments of Silver Omnibus (総集編 銀の断章 Gin no Danshou) 1–3, Shueisha, are only available in Japanese. Anime scenes (episodes) cited are FUNimation (en-us) editions, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Claymore booklet, Blu-ray edition, p. 3
  2. Claymore 5, Ediciones Glénat España, Scene 22, p. 16
  3. Claymore "Master Book Sequence 1," avex, p. 5
  4. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, p. 111
  5. Claymore booklet, Blu-ray edition, p. 3
  6. Claymore 5, Scene 22, p. 16
  7. Claymore "Master Book Sequence 1," avex, p. 5
  8. Claymore "Master Book Sequence 2," avex, p. 2
  9. Claymore "Master Book Sequence 3," avex, p. 14
  10. Claymore "Master Book Sequence 4," avex, p. 13
  11. Jump SQ 19, May 2012, Special Scene, p. 420–424
  12. Claymore 15, Scene 79, pp. 64–65
  13. Claymore 12, Scene 64, p. 8
  14. Claymore 7, Scene 38, p. 151
  15. Claymore 5, Scene 25, p. 123
  16. Claymore 9, Scene 50, p. 146
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