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German Rain Camouflage

Original 1970's German Rain Camo Twill

We found a large roll of this original German Military Rain Camouflage twill at an incredible vintage military source we have in in Los Angeles. You might have seen Undefeated and Rogue Territory use this fabric on a few of their styles over the years. It's a very cool camo, one that's wearable and doesn't look like you're about to go into combat!

The subtle lines and olive tone of the fabric make it very unique, the weight is approximately 10oz, so we're thinking of turning this into a jacket of some kind. Even though it was designed to be used in woodland in Eastern Europe, where those rainy days happen often, it's not in fact waterproof which is a shame. Nonetheless this will become something interesting in the coming months. Here's a little more information about this fabric and design.

German Rain Camouflage

'Strichtarn' was a Military camouflage pattern developed in 1960, in East Germany. It was used between 1965 and 1990. The term "rain" pattern refers to a camouflage design that incorporates a heavy percentage of vertically-aligned "straits" or "flecks" which suggest an image of falling rain.

During the Second World War, the German Wehrmacht utilized this feature on several camouflage patterns, primarily the Splittermuster (splinter) and Sumpfmuster (marsh) designs. These patterns were later modified and reproduced by the West German Bundeswehr and Border Guards, but the "falling rain" concept - in which the rain straits themselves were isolated as the major feature on a solid color background - emerged out of the Warsaw Pact countries of Eastern Europe.

During the 1960s and 1970s when revolutionary movements were most active in Africa, some of these patterns also ended up in the hands of various insurgent organizations. The South African government reproduced the pattern for its special forces units, where the pattern earned the nickname "rice fleck."

In this image below you can see a comparison between the rain/needle patterns worn by the different militaries of Poland (top left), East Germany (top right), Bulgaria (bottom left) and Czechoslovakia (bottom right).

Image: camopedia.org