I have been thinking about clothing recently. It struck me that even when I’m deep in a wilderness, days of trekking to the nearest road, what I do, is effectively take all of civilization with me in the form of tarps, hammocks, synthetic sleeping bags and, most notably, clothing: plastic thermoactive underwear, super high-tech 10000 waterproof jacket, etc. I am essentially nothing more than an observer. I observe nature through a small window when in fact I rely on civ for basically everything. And this is OK as long as you’re doing survival or bushcraft. But now that I want to “rewild” myself and be just like any other animal competing for food, I cannot tolerate that anymore.
As I’ve been freed from the school uniform recently, I can start by focusing on getting rid of civ in direct contact with my skin, i.e. rewilded clothing. I know that I should not be wearing clothing for no reason (animals don’t do that), so I try to be as naked as possible, but obviously I live and plan to travel in the North, where temps can get quite low even in the summer. Additionally, I will still live in civ for a while so I need to be socially acceptable as well. Anyway, I’m trying to design a complete set of clothing based on fur and leather (hunter-style), which would satisfy the following requirements:
It must be functional: it should be warm enough to withstand -20C and at least moderately waterproof.
There should be a summer and a winter variant. I want it to be 100% of clothing I have with me in the wild and on the road.
It should be suited for backpacking: not overly heavy and bulky.
It must look cool: I want it to be my unique style and have a Northern feel (like Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones for instance).
My favorite materials are fur and leather. I can also do forged pieces: rings, belt buckles, etc.
It must be socially acceptable to wear it within a city (but it can and even should stick out).
It must be adapted to hunter-gatherer lifestyle: pockets, attachment points, etc.
The individual parts would include: underwear? woolen socks and modern leather hiking boots, trousers, a belt, some kind of inner upper-body layer (a leather shirt?), a jacket, a coat with some fur maybe? leather gloves, shorts for the summer?,
What are your thoughts on something like this?
Could you point me towards the right resources? (like e.g. native clothing?)
Maybe someone tried a similar thing?
Money is not a concern within reasonable limits…