Stripes are dazzling, sometimes hypnotic, usually happy!
None of stripes’s traits apply as strongly to other patterns. Checkered feels more orderly. Plaid is less harsh. Spots have a clear foreground and background.
For the typographer, stripes are rules; for the architect they are a means of creating optical illusions. They have adorned the walls of houses, churches, and mosques.
In 1945 Spellbound by Alfred Hitchcock stars a man with a phobia of lines against a white background, a man with an actual fear of stripes.
No matter what they are used for, stripes are the most noticeable pattern.
The immediate and repetitive change from one color to another calls attention to itself, which explains why caution signs are almost exclusively striped.
Visual power of stripes comes from the inability to distinguish a stripes foreground from its background. This can be confusing and scandalous.
Beginning from the 12th and 13th centuries, abundant documentation in all areas emphasizes the demeaning, pejorative, or clearly diabolic quality of striped dress.
In 1310, a cobbler in the French town of Rouen was condemned to death because, according to the local archives, he had been caught in striped clothes.
Zebras wear stripes to confuse predators of their number and distance. The striped pattern creates an optical illusion when they move.
The narrow vertical stripes on a zebra’s back and neck combined with the wide diagonal stripes on its flank give off unexpected motion signals, which become stronger when a herd moves.
Many animals, including humans, have “motion detection mechanisms” which process the direction something appears to be moving based on how its contours appear.
In World War I, "dazzle camouflage" was used on ships to confuse submarine commanders, distorting the horizon line and encouraging them to miss when firing torpedoes.
The Middle Ages was a time when wearing stripes of any kind was a perilous act.
To the medieval eye the distinction between figure and ground was crucial: viewers were trained to read images by sorting them into layers of background and foreground. With stripes, a single plane of alternating colors, such a reading becomes impossible. This may have offended their sensibilities.
In an era like Middle ages where what you wore was a clear indication of your social status, the flashiness of the stripe meant you were a social deviant. Stripes were actually de rigueur for certain categories of reprobates or outcasts: prostitutes, jugglers, clowns, hangmen, lepers, cripples, heretics, jews, africans, bastards and the condemned.
In the middle of the 13th century a group of carmelite monks whose official habit was a striped cloak arrived in Paris from Palestine. They were immediately nicknamed “Les Frères Barrés” or barred brothers, opposed for how they dressed, to the point that Pope Alexander IV banned all clergymen from wearing stripes.
Nor were striped animals spared contempt. Medieval authors included zebras, which they had heard of but never seen, in Satan's bestiary. Even later, as late as 1764, the famous beast of Gévaudan, said to be like a wolf-like animal with broad stripes on his back, was terrorizing the French countryside. A diabolical creature, could not not be striped.
People represented in the paintings are, more often than not, traitors, pranksters, executioners, executioners, lepers, cripples, heretics or prostitutes.
The unique properties of stripes have made them symbols that have evolved into signs of oppression, deviance, freedom, and daring style.
Possibly originating in the penal colonies of America, prisoners also wore stripes as a uniform. It’s a classic sign of the deviant.
The striped shirt, as an icon of of sailors of low rank, became an integral part starting from the middle of the 17th century.
“Thinking of wearing that pinstriped suit for lunch with the boss? Just be thankful you didn't live a few hundred years ago.”
“Stripes were the devil's clothing, the dress of prostitutes, of hangmen. They were considered transgressive.”
“Nature has striped the zebra. Man has striped his flags and awnings, ties and shirts. ”
Starting in the 16th century, stripes shifted from being strictly diabolic into eventually positive meanings. It became a uniform for servants and found its way on textiles, integrating its way into the home.
American Revolution introduced the striped flag as a symbol of rebellion. They took a pattern used for the prisoner’s of the american south and made it their battle cry, showing how they felt like prisoners under British rule. The French followed suit, and from then on, those in favor of the movement of freedom could wear stripes to show their support.
During the American and French Revolutions, the passion for stripes attained an extraordinary pitch, spreading from clothing of all sorts to walls, drapes, sheets and furniture. In France, between 1799 and 1804, under the Consulate government, it was considered the height of chic to receive your guests in a striped Egyptian tent set up in the living room.
People of the Middle Ages saw dyes and coloring as a form of contamination, while whiteness was pure and healthy. Rherefore no color ever directly touched the body. In the 20th century, however, the stripe became a way to add color to pajamas, towels, and underwear while keeping some whiteness in the clothing.
In the 1950’s american cinema showed the rebellious meaning of the stripe coming to the big screen, with many actors wearing the breton stripe in movies. All worn by characters who don’t follow the status quo. With Stripes also being worn as a point of pride, we see people increasingly using stripes to stand out on purpose.
Even today the stripes are a symbol of transgression,
but fortunately they no longer have that negative meaning.
Ever since the jesters and jugglers in the Medieval Ages, mankind has had an understanding that stripes can look silly, childish and funny.
Stripes evoke a childish side for the people who wear them, they suggest in their own way, a form of deviance. Not quite fitting in with society completely.
In some cases, the pattern is a sign of the delinquent, while in others, they are worn on purpose to signal somebody unique.
If there are black and white high contrast stripes, well it becomes a supreme scene.
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