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Throughout history, many groups adapted these robes as a sort of uniform or ceremonial dress, most famously the Jedi Order and the Order of the Sith. As long as anyone can remember, the Jedi have worn brown or white clothing to publicly display their affiliation and for use in combat. During the first great schism, the first Dark Jedi broke away from the Jedi Order but held on to the tradition of wearing robes. The colour black has been associated with their attire ever since, not only to blend in with the dark, but to inspire fear in all beings unfortunate enough to cross their paths. To this end, they often incorporated large hoods into their designs, regularly using these to conceal their faces, whereas the Jedi opted for a more open appearance and wished to inspire trust and friendliness by keeping their hoods down. During and after the assassination of many Jedi across the galaxy, orchestrated by Emperor Drayson, many Jedi used their robes to masquerade as beggars and travellers to attract less attention.
As civilizations evolved and the wearing of robes fell out of practice, they became even more strongly associated with Force-users. More and more Force-sensitives began wearing them as a way of setting themselves apart from the others, although many of these robes eventually made their way into civilian hands.