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GHILLIE SUITS

A gilly suit (or ghillie suit) is a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble local foliage.  In general, a gilly suit is a net or cloth garment with attachments that resemble natural vegetation.  The most popular and common attachments are loose strips of burlap, cloth or twine, often cut and sewn to look like leaves and twigs.  The most effective ghillie suit should be augmented with scraps of foliage from the area.

Snipers wear gillie suits for concealment, but sniper suits are worn by outdoorsmen as well.  Nature photographers may wear a ghillie suit to blend into their surroundings and conceal themselves from wildlife that they wish to photograph.  The ghillie suit breaks up the outline of the wearer and provides a three-dimensional profile, rather than a linear one. When manufactured correctly, the best gilly suit will move in the wind in the same way as surrounding foliage.