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Sally, the first clothing upcycler, was way ahead of her time. Here she is documenting a prison uniform re-do. Fabulous work Sal.

A half-starved Russian limping out of the newly liberated Stalag XIB prison. He is wearing the striped prison uniform.

Prison Door

Men fit for work after the delousing process. The disinfection of those not selected for the gas chambers, and the shaving of their heads was all part of the "registration" process at the camp. After they finished, they were given the striped prison uniforms

Women fit for work after the delousing process. The disinfection of those not selected for the gas chambers, and the shaving of their heads, was all part of the "registration" process at the camp. After they finished, they were given the prison uniforms seen in the picture.

Women fit for work after the delousing process. The disinfection of those not selected for the gas chambers, and the shaving of their heads, was all part of the "registration" process at the camp. After they finished, they were given the prison uniforms seen in the picture.

One of the most striking uses of ticking or utility fabric are prison stripes. Although you never know what had led a prisoner to be wearing stripes there always seems to be an immediate connection that can only be because of the striped cloth or ticking. The uniform is so prisoners don’t appear different from one another (a dehumanizing process) which if you’re behind bars can’t have been very pleasant.