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A sniper suit or ghillie suit (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 attachements 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 sniper suit to blend into their surroundings and conceal themselves from enemies or game. The sniper 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 sniper suit 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 hunintg, 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.

A youth sniper suit or kid sniper suit is made identical to the adult suit, but in the smaller youth sizes.



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