Monday, September 27, 2010

Camouflage, ironically, stands out

When we were here in 2002, there was camouflage everywhere. Of course, the peacekeeping soldiers on the streets wore camouflage, and some Bosnian men wore camouflage jackets that were doubtless the remains of their military uniforms from during the war, but camouflage was a fashion item, too. Little children wore camouflage pattern pants. Women wore camouflage pattern dresses. There was green camouflage and blue camouflage and pink camouflage. One of the department stores on the main shopping street had camouflage lingerie in its front window.

Now, the camouflage has disappeared. I did see one camouflage skirt on a mannequin in front of a secondhand shop, doubtless the remains from that earlier fashion craze.

Other than that, the only person in Sarajevo wearing camouflage is my son, who insists on wearing his camouflage pants whenever I have not sneaked them into the laundry hamper.

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