TBT: Stripe Identification

17th Century Hat, courtesy of the Rijks Museum

17th century Dutch whaler hunters & workmen wore knitted wool hats with unique stripe patterns to identify themselves; winters were very cold and the men had to wear so much to protect themselves from it that only their eyes were visible.  More details (such as they are) here. I find the idea of personalized stripes really appealing and might someday design something based on this concept. It’s a neat idea!

7 thoughts on “TBT: Stripe Identification

    1. That’s what I was thinking, kind of. There must be a way to code letters of the alphabet into stripes so you could spell your name in stripes. It’s time like this I wish I’d learned Morse code or paid more attention to ciphers/cryptogram/codes, etc.


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