Cotton Sateen/Poplin · World Tour Embroidery · Maharishi Fine Tailor Company
Troop entertainers and nurses who encountered many soldiers in their lines of work often collected patches for their capes or jackets, as souvenirs. This multi-patch panelwork poncho has been constructed from organic cotton sateen and poplin, reproductions of 1960s U.S. Navy and Army cloths.
Francis Ford Coppola’s classic 1979 film Apocalypse Now was based on Polish-English novelist Joseph Conrad’s 1899 book, about a voyage up the Congo River in the centre of Africa. Coppola switched the location to the Mekong River of Vietnam. The novel, entitled “The Heart of Darkness”, and the tailor shop’s expansion to Tibet, inspired the heart of darkness twist on Martin Luther King, Jr’s speech -
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love
Hand-machined Japanese and Vietnamese 1960s style embroidered patches
Includes Tibetan cloud patch by @tashimannox and @xlrecordings
Two chest pockets with press snap closure
Press snap side opening and half placket
Adjustable drawstring hood with rear cinch
1960’s era U.S. Army cotton poplin, reproduced exclusively for Maharishi. This lightweight cloth was introduced when the U.S. were invited to advise in Vietnam, and required a lighter cloth suitable for tropical conditions.