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Jungle Camouflage, M1942

This is a Jungle camouflage. It was designed by Norvell Gillespie. We acquired it in 1969. Its medium is cotton and its technique is hand block printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Abbott Thayer’s theory of “disruptive patterning” was the basis for the Frog Skin or 5-color jungle camouflage that was developed by the U.S. military during World War II, and was most widely used by the Marines in the Pacific theater. Its designer was a horticulturist, and the garden editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Jungle Camouflage, M1942; Designed by Norvell Gillespie ; USA; cotton; 1969-130-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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