The Camo Strap
The Camo Strap design has its roots in the camouflage pattern which has been used traditionally in military outfits and gears. The main purpose of the camo pattern is to hide or disguise the presence of (a person, or object) by painting or covering them to make them blend in with their surroundings. Although the surface area of the Camo Strap is too small to provide any significant coverage to a human body, the interest is in its technology and history.
History of Camouflage
When you read the original spelling of the full word camouflage, it gives us a hint of where it originally developed from. Camouflage was first developed in France in 1914 by artist Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola and others.
De Scévola is considered one of the inventors of military camouflage during World War I, together with Eugène Corbin and the painter Louis Guingot.
‘In order to deform totally the aspect of an object, I had to employ the means that cubists use to represent it.’ – Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola
Since then, many iterations of different camouflage have been developed throughout the years including Canadian CADPAD system in 1997 which is later adopted throughout the world. Perhaps our modern eyes have evolved to being more accustomed to pixels instead of organic patterns!
We chose this series of weave for this pattern for 2 reasons:
1. The complexity of pre-dyed yarns woven into the strap gives it a much more complex and interesting transition of colors compared to post printed strap, which usually ends up in solid blobs of solid colors.
2. This weave will show as camo pattern under infra-red camera due to the dye and weaving used. Unlike printed camouflage pattern which will show as 1 solid color although it appears as camo pattern through our naked eyes.
See this video’s illustration at 1:07 to get a better understanding of point 2.
Sizes and Style
Other than making them in 2-piece with distressed hardware, we have made them in Zulu-styled strap in 2 different lengths with 1 keeper to accommodate different wrist sizes. Here are the following scenarios:
Small wrists – Recommend below 6.3″ or 16cm wrists
2-piece: S size 6.5cm + 11cm
Zulu lengths: M size 24 cm with 1 fold back into the single keeper
Medium wrists – Recommend 6.3″ to 7.1″ or 16cm to 18cm wrists
2-piece: M size 7.5cm + 11.5cm
Zulu lengths 2 options:
M size 24cm length without fold backs
Or L size 28cm with 1 fold back in the single keeper
Large wrist – Recommend 7.1″ to 8″ or 18cm to 20cm
2 piece: L size 8.5cm + 13cm
Zulu lengths: use L size 28cm without fold backs.