I wondered on the FB post why no one makes fabrics like this anymore. Obviously, there could be lots of reasons, but my cousin, a veteran, brought up a good point, "Because it is politically incorrect to celebrate military victories anymore."
I don't know if you've noticed, but the 1940s was all about celebrating military victories, on both sides. Some of the items are straight-up propaganda, but I've seen examples of fabrics, posters, dishes, clothing, even parties, all highlighting a victory or triumph in battle. (Like all the D-Day stuff we see around!)
|kimono, 1940’s. collection of yoku tanaka.|
photo by nakagawa tadaaki/ARTEC studio. Source.
On one side, I can see wearing these items as perfectly fine. It's a good thing to celebrate justice and freedom, and sometimes those things are achieved only through warfare. It pays respect to the men and women that fought to win those victories and reminds us of the sacrifice and cost paid for ideals we value.
On the other hand, war is a terrible thing. Especially in the midst of it, it can be hard to determine who is "right" or "just." War wrecks peoples' lives, and to wear a piece celebrating it disrespects the people who have paid dearly because of war's effect in their lives. It trivializes it.
Would you/do you wear war-themed items from the 30s and 40s? Would you wear newer versions celebrating modern victories? What factors do you think are different now than they were during WW2 that may affect your opinion?
Like I said, I'm not opening up a discussion for whether certain wars are justified, or if certain leaders/countries are doing the right thing. I'm just asking, assuming your country had a very important victory that meant a lot to you, would you celebrate it through clothing or jewelry? Why or why not?
Just a warning, I love for all of you to feel comfortable sharing your opinion and even welcome disagreement, but I will not tolerate blatant hatefulness or slandering of specific countries, cultures or military personnel of any kind. Globalizing comments that lump all of a certain group of people into one shallow category are not acceptable and will be removed.