Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fashion Note

A senior gentleman boarded the bus wearing a definitively original Pacific Northwest garment. It was a worn but skillfully cut blazer fashioned from the red and black buffalo check wool plaid that is the hallmark of the woods. The fabric is interesting. As I understand it, the weave is the oldest known to humankind. 

The first "Whole Earth Catalogue" included how tos for fashioning a traditional mountain, uh, person's long jacket out of a worn blanket. That cut can be spectacular when it is tailored by someone who knows what they're doing. The close fit brings to mind the tweed suit George Mallory wore on his unsuccessful attempt to summit Mt. Everest. Climbers copied the outfit and were surprised at how efficient it was to wear in extreme conditions. They said fitting is the key to conserving body heat.

The catalogue describes garments cut from the broad-striped beaver pelt trade blankets produced in England. Local Indians still make jackets and vests out of worn Oregon Round-up blankets -30-


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