Monday, November 20, 2006

Protest prints take it to the streets. For your next sit-in, campus takeover, or act of civil disobedience. I was dreaming of them and here they are.

In an ideal world I'd take this fabric and run up a bunch of short sleeved A-line dresses, fully lined and zipping up the front. A series of big patch pockets with zips on the front would be re-enforced to hold your cell phone. After all, you just never know when you’ll have to take some photos of police brutality and send them to the media. To be worn with contrasting fabric pants underneath. I mean, you know how it is when you’re getting arrested, the cops always want you to sit on the ground. Or kneel. Or get up very quickly when your arms are handcuffed behind you. All sorts of stuff that’s just embarrassing in a skirt. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’m thinking drawstring churidar-style pants in matching or contrasting fabric, tighter along the calves, but roomy in the thighs. In short, the whole thing would have a salwar kameez silhouette.

I’d definitely include the dupatta, a large scarf in a contrasting fabric, but make it wider, warmer and about the dimensions of a sarong. If you’re gonna spend the night in jail, it’s best to bring a blanket. The duputa would also come in handy if you are faced with tear gas, or need to hide your identity.

The raised fist is actually contemporary fabric. Get it here.

If Julia Butterfly is your inspiration, Save the Trees with LittleVeggie’s ebay offering.

Now get out there and fight the power.


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