Concerning Camouflage, Human Perception and Ghillie Suit:
Therefore, the Gestalt Psychological approach to human perception helps understand why and how Ghillie Suits work within the environment, and can provide remarkable insight into the best way to conceal oneself with a Ghillie suit.
A more direct example of how we drive our approach based on the Cognitive laws of Human Perception:
In the below picture there are 3 samples: a ProApto Greenzone Pattern made using only Rafia, a ProApto sample of Green Jute (the same of the Jute version of our Greenzone Pattern) and a sample of green fake leaves, commonly used to build or modify Leaf-suits (also definied as 3D ghillies or ghillie leaf-suits, stuff like that).
Which is the best solution to get concealed? Rafia, fake leaves or Jute? Some people believe that ghillie leaf-suits are superior compared to Ghilles made in Jute or Rafia. We do not believe that, we believe that Jute is practically the best material.
The reson is merely scientific, based on how humans perceive shapes. A wide shape among thin shapes will be perceived more easily than a thin shape among thin shapes (Gestalt Psychology - Law of Emergence and Law of Similarity).
So, under a versatility point of view, a leaf-suit (in general wide shapes) will be very effective in environments characterised by wide shapes (as dead leaves), but in grassy areas it could has concealment problems. On the other hand, a full Rafia Ghillie (thin shapes) will works extremely well in grassy environments, but in wide leaves areas as woods, it could has concealment issues.
Jute is the intermediate step. Its thin wires makes bunches of irregular shapes. And this is a double concealment feature both in micro and macro. Jute is the intermediate step between wide shapes and thin shapes, for that reason it will be a solid base to get concealed, mostly while changing environments, ensuring an adaptable versatility that other material can not provide. For sure Jute will not work well as leaf-suit in a wide leaves environment, and neither as a full Rafia Ghillie in a grassy environments, but it is the best versatile compromise to get concealed.
The below picture is a resume of a "mixed" environment, wide shapes and thin shapes, check out how the above 3 different materials are working.
Here below a brief video example of Jute versatility in different areas. In the following video the same Ghillie was used to cover 13km of distance from 1200mt to 2500mt.
For futher information below there are some scientific references:
Wagemans J., Elder J.H., Kubovy M., Palmer S.E., Peterson M.A., Singh M., von der Heydt R., A Century of Gestalt Psychology in Visual Perception I. Perceptual Grouping and Figure-Ground Organization. Psycholical Bullettin. 2012 November; 138(6): 1172-1217.
James J. Gibson, The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. Psychology Press, 1986 by Taylor & Francis Group LLC.
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