Archival Camouflage

I’m not much of a camouflage bag fan. In my mind, camouflage is too closely associated with my father’s decoy gear bags , Cabela’s novelty product offerings or Manhattan portage messenger bags.

As a pattern, camouflage (cryptic coloration, a mimetic cloth), is not visually interesting to me (too many lakes and shorelines). However, I do like the idea of camouflage and the fact that it has an underlying, historical use value (unlike paisley, for instance). From the Wikiepedia entry on Military Camouflage:

[T]he intent of camouflage is to disrupt an outline by merging it with the surroundings, making a target harder to spot or hit.

Tracking on Brady product migrations to Japan, I found this Arial Traut Fishing Bag in “Colonel Desert Camo” on the C Point import select shop website.

I’m drawn to the bag, in camo, in part because of its limited availability. But also because the camo seems to work with the original tan of the style, making the camo patterning more like a strategic subtraction (a disrupted outline!) and less, a larky embellishment (more English Patient, less The Winds of War).

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