thinking about textiles and war/anti-militarism

Fashioning Resistance to Militarism: I am really not sure how I came across this performance art/protest that uses fashion to raise awareness about military spending, etc. but I am kind of into it! Also, I learned this fascinating bit of history on khaki:

According to Cynthia Enloe, even khaki has military origins. The term “khaki” is an Urdu word describing the greenish, sandy, dusty color of the hillsides in Afghanistan and northwest India. When the British imperial military attempted to defeat local forces in the late 1800s, they lost resoundingly. One reason was because British soldiers stood out in their bright blue and red wool uniforms against the stark dusty hillsides. So they adopted a uniform and a shade that would blend into the surrounding landscape and called it by the local people’s name: “khaki.” So all those khaki slacks worn in banks and law offices on casual Fridays derive from an imperial war-waging strategy.

I completely forgot about the origins of khaki in South Asia since I now associate it so much with “business casual” wear, and it made me think of other textiles and prints we associate with Western culture but really have Global South origins, like gingham, gamcha, and madras.

Another bit of anti-war performance art using textile as a medium. I like the question it poses: “What labour might be required to disentangle ourselves from militarism’s geopolitical fabric?

And finally, a whole book on women’s responses to war through textiles!

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