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.”
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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.