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Does anybody remember these?
I've always been partial to vintage clothing –I was a punk rocker in the late 70s/early 80s, after all– but I didn't start collecting methodically, in earnest, until the late 80s/early 90s. My friend Greg also had an academic interest in vintage togs, and we quickly glommed onto these peculiar "word knits," as we called them, and competed for them fiercely. They tend to be t-shirts or polo shirts, and they're invariably striped with short sentences or phrases woven into the design, sometimes accompanied by primitive graphics. I've got an orange striped t-shirt, for instance, which advises Get in GEAR! with a bunch of little gears.
The above is my favorite, though, because it's the only one I've ever seen which depicts homicide. Neat! I suppose, though, that I better not wear it into a bank or airport.
Anyway! I've never been able to find out anything about this short-lived trend, which I believe existed only in the first half of the 1970s. I don't know what the weaving process was called, or who started the whole idea. The one pictured has no label, sadly, but the other ones in my collection tend to come from cheaper department stores. And as far as I know, this is one of the very few 70s microtrends which has yet to be revived; I imagine the cheapness and easy availability of printed, rather than woven, fabrics is to blame.
What do you want your "word knit" to say?