Swamp Things

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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.