A Ghillie shirt, called Jacobean or Jacobite, is an informal, traditional shirt usually worn with a kilt. The term Ghillie refers to the crisscrossed. The shirt is typically made of lightweight and breathable fabric, such as cotton or mesh, and features a loose fit for ease of movement.
The most distinctive feature of a Ghillie shirt is its camouflaged appearance, achieved through a “Ghillie suit” construction technique. This involves attaching strips of natural or synthetic material, such as burlap, twine, or yarn, to the shirt to create a three-dimensional, textured surface that mimics the appearance of foliage, branches, and other natural elements.
The result is a shirt that helps hunters and outdoor enthusiasts blend into their surroundings and remain concealed from their targets or prey. Ghillie shirts are commonly worn as part of a larger Ghillie suit ensemble, which may include a hood, pants, and other accessories, depending on the wearer’s specific needs.