Camouflage nets must be made right, Latvian soldiers remind public

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Camouflage nets and trench candles in tin cans are often made for Ukraine by volunteers. Latvian soldiers in Ukraine remind the public that more attention has to be paid when weaving the nets so that they are done correctly; otherwise, the items are not only useless but even dangerous, Latgale regional television reported on March 20.

Latvian volunteers recently learned from the soldiers in Ukraine that some nets are made inaccurately. In a telephone call to Latgale Regional Television, it was confirmed by a Latvian soldier in Ukraine who wanted to remain anonymous. His group occasionally gets the nets in poor quality. The most common mistake is the choice of colors and fabric that does not correspond to the specific weather conditions.

"The first time, we didn't know what we needed, what we didn't need. It is right to use synthetic fabric. Tones – white no longer is needed. There must be shades of green – the dark ones – and browns can be mixed in. Synthetics don't get drenched so much, the normal fabrics get soaked and [the net] is no longer liftable. It's wet and unusable," explained the soldier.

In order to avoid such errors in the future, practical masterclass networks should be organized throughout Latvia, considers the weaver Vaira Lejniece. She has already held classes on the correct making of the nets. 

“I see that many are with defects and the nets will not perform their function because they have miscolored fabrics, which is not masking but attracting attention,” said the photographer and researcher Igors Pličs..

"Then we do the 'weeding', but it takes a lot of time and we want the nets to come to the Ukrainian defenders more quickly, so it would be good if it were done in good quality at once. There must be no buttons, zippers, or heavy seams. There must be no glitter, " said Lejniece.

The best example regarding the color palette is nature.

"It is important that the net is not too thick because the network is not a tapestry, not a blanket. It's a camouflage network through which to be seen. The one underneath, a defender, a soldier – he needs to see through the net. The net must be light enough," said Vaira Lejniece.


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