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"I've come across more and more people who've actually tried reading science fiction and can't make it make sense."
- Samuel R. Delany

Shari  
  A multipurpose net worn as clothing.  

“A girl was leaning over the edge of the drainage pit, trailing her shari at him.”

“The shari is an invariable part of the costume of Martian women of every class. A long, strong, slender net, as richly ornamented as the means of its owner will allow, it is used to carry parcels, tie up the hair, transport young children, and as an emergency brassiere. A Martian woman would feel naked without it and, by Terrestrial standards, she very nearly would be. This was the first time George had ever been asked to climb up one. As it trailed over his face again he hooked his fingers in it and pulled himself upright.”

“Hook your fingers and toes in the mesh!" she called back. George obeyed. After a moment the shari began to move slowly upward. Obviously the girl had tied its end to a hand winch and was pulling him up. He only hoped the shari wouldn't break.”

From Sacred Martian Pig (Idris' Pig), by Margaret Saint Clair.
Published by Startling Stories in 1949
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