That loud thud was the sound of grandma’s jaw hitting the ground upon spying the latest fashion “trend” among young dudes: Shorts made from old crocheted afghans.
The store’s description: “Your grandmother’s afghans transformed!”
The blankets, circa 1970s and ‘80s, are stitched into shorts (and even onesies, er, “full-body sweaters”) for both men and women. According to the website, they’re “great for Burning Man, after the slopes or for morning yoga in the winter.”
Writes creator Schuyler Ellers on his Etsy website: “Afghan blankets are original pieces of folk art, hand made by artisans across America since the 1960’s and well before. With scissors and a sewing machine I transform vintage crochets into wearable sculpture.”
Shorts start at $45; longer pants run about $80 and bodysuits about $200.
We’d actually love to see these things running around the summer festival scene. Just remember, folks, that horizontal stripes, especially zig-zags, can make you look hippy.