The Story of Khaki Depot Woollen Fabric
mod.1914 & mod.1939
The decision to start milling our own wool arose from a desire shared among a small group of like-minded First and Second World War enthusiasts to create a truly accurate reproduction of the Greek-made fabric in use at that time. As re-enactors, who recreate instances in the life of the Greek soldiers during the Balkan Wars (1912-13), the Asia Minor Expedition and the 2nd WW, we deemed essential to initiate a reliable supply of the fabric used for the manufacture of Greek military uniforms of the time. Until now other groups of re-enactors, attempting to recreate the uniforms of the times used various kinds and colours of wool, or imported Pakistani- and Indian-made cloth, made for reproducing British uniforms to be used in re-enactments of the time of the Great War. We also tried to replicate our types of fabric abroad but the results did not satisfy our standards. After that and, since no other sources that could meet our need for a high standard of quality were available, we realized that we should take matters into our own hands and find someone able to weave, specifically for us, the two types of wool fabric.
We had in mind, first of all, to achieve the closest possible approximation to the original fabric, but also to keep the price of production at a reasonable level and to find a Greek-based weaver for the manufacture. Fortunately, all these requirements were eventually met. By employing the combined knowledge and expertise of a number of experts and knowledgeable individuals, we analyzed several original uniform samples, comparing their material with various runs of wool yarn in order to determine which we should use in our reproductions. We all agreed that the Fabric Specimen 1914, which had been produced circa 1905-19 and that the Fabric Specimen 1939, which had been produced circa 1922-40 – at a time when some sort of standardization of the fabric used for the production of uniforms had been achieved – should be our starting point. After that, we showed a sample of each of those fabrics to a manufacturer. After analyzing the samples, he agreed to weave the fabrics (not really for profit, but for old time’s sake). Two years later we presented to our group the yarns that would be used for weaving these particular fabrics and we were happy to give him the green light to start producing them.
What we now offer for sale is the product of the combined knowledge and expertise of a handful of historically-conscious friends and of a very capable weaver. We are proud indeed of being able to present to the discerning public these faithful reproductions of the two shades of the Greek “khaki” – a word which in the annals of Modern Greek history came to denote the soldier himself and became a synonym for valour in the battle-field.