A ghillie suite (sometimes called a yowie suit by the Australian Army) is a type of camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage.
Typically, it is a light weight garment made of net or cloth and then covered in loose strips of
burlap, cloth or twine. For better concealment the attachments are made to look like leaves and twigs,
and optionally augmented with scraps of foliage from the area.
Sniper hunters and nature photographers may wear a ghillie suite to blend into their
surroundings and conceal themselves from enemies or game. The gilly suit
gives distorts the wearers outline with a three-dimensional breakup, rather than a
linear one. A quality suit will move in the wind
in the same way as surrounding foliage. And, provide the best concealment possible.The ghillie suite was developed by Scottish gamekeepers
as a portable hunting blind. The first known military unit to use
snipper suits was a Scottish Highland regiment, the Lovat Scouts, which
was formed by the British Army during the Second Boer War. In 1916, Lovat Scouts went on to become the British Army's first sniper unit. The term ghillie, or gillie, is derived from gille, the Scottish Gaelic for "servant" or a "lad".
In English, this term was especially used to refer to those assisting
in deer hunting, deer stalking or fly fishing expeditions in the
highlands of Scotland. The name could also refer to the Ghillie Dhu,
the Scottish version of the English Green Man,
a kind of nature spirit and guardian of trees who dwelt in the forests
and hills and who was clothed in leaves, moss and twigs.
The Australian Army
sniper's outfits wore sniper suits nicknamed "yowies", named for their
resemblance to the Yowie a mythical hominid similar to the Yeti or
Bigfoot which is said to live in the Australian wilder. Hunters and nature photographers wear ghillie suites.