Swamp Things

Peek-a-boo: Camouflage is not just a design form, it is an art and science. Among the most vexing and fetching of all camo in terms of art, design and science is the ghillie suit, camouflage clothing specifically designed to break up the human figure and allow the user to blend into nature.  Made from natural jute twine, burlap or synthetic thread, it is constructed to resemble heavy foliage or pasta al dente.

Ghillie suits are typically constructed using an inner shell, netting and jute.  Jute is attached to netting or directly onto military BDUs or jumpsuits. The ghillie suit provides more concealment than normal camo clothes. The ghillie suit provides excellent cover for observing, gathering evidence and taking photographs. The US military uses ghillies in tactical operations.

Suits come in two categories: A jacket and pants combination or one piece poncho. Ghillies come in four main color patterns, woodland, mossy, desert and snow.  The woodland pattern is by far the most popular. So watch-out when walking through a wooded park, the moss you pass may be a ghillie in disguise or an unkempt sheepdog.

4 thoughts on “Swamp Things

  1. Brad Flanagan

    My very first design instructor has written some boks on art & camouflage. Check out “False Colors: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage” & “Camoupedia a compendium of research on art, architecture and camouflage”, by Roy R. Behrens. You can find them through bobolinkbooks.com.
    Great guy, very interesting reading.

  2. MKF

    Dazzle actually came into being in WWI — Amazing! Utterly surreal! Especially in the context of a mighty man o’ war. It’s popped up occasionally since in fashion, art and design (see the ever-annoying magpie Jeff Koons), but never to such great and astonishing effect. For anyone who hasn’t checked it out, do: the greatest fleet of warships in history tricked out like a Zap Comix fantasy. It must have been an incredible sight.
    Talk about GRAPHIC design…

  3. allison

    Interesting stuff. Also, some forms of camoflauge are designed to confuse infrared signals. Some of the technology behind these fabrics, as well as the ways they’re designed to function, is fascinating.