30 x 40 cm
Oil on linen
August 2022

The first known use of the camouflage suit by the military dates back to the Second Boer War (1899-1902), when the scouts of the Lovat Scouts of the British Army, which consisted of members of the Scottish Fraser clan, began to wear such suits during reconnaissance missions. In Scottish mythology, Gilli Doo are forest creatures dressed in clothes made of fallen leaves and moss. Hence the English-language name of the costume - "gilly suit" (eng. Gilly costume). In the Australian Army, the sniper ghillie suit is called "Jovis", named after the mythical humanoid creature Yovi, similar to Yeti and Bigfoot. Costumes similar to the Ghillie suit produced in the post-Soviet space are called "Kikimara" and "Leshy".

Liasoon, Lesavik, Leshy, Forest Grandfather - in Slavic and in particular in Belarusian mythology - the master of the forest.
You can deceive the Leshy if you name the wrong direction of the supposed path when entering the forest or wear clothes inside out at the edge of the forest. If this is not done, Leshy immediately approaches the victim and maliciously rejoices in her suffering, leading her astray. He forces a person to walk around the forest for several hours, to pass through the same place several times, to take him deep into the forest, into the thickest; when the victim loses hope, reaches despair, Leshy roars angrily, and his horn is spread throughout the district.
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