Perhaps the most novel and popular garment of this century is the T-shirt. This is because it is an informal wear and is very comfortable. Both men and women of all shapes and sizes wear it. The garment is named after the alphabet â€œTâ€ because of its physical resemblance. This raiment has cast its spell on all types of people. From very young to old, from manual labourers to Yuppies, from students to drop-outs, we can see everyone wearing it to their comfort.
More than being simply an apparel, it has become a great medium of expressing oneâ€™s attitude. Like the graffitists in the US or Europe, the designers have strewn their ideas from the witty to the sarcastic, from sublime to vulgar, from spiritual to anti-religious in this
walking canvas. I recall a cartoon strip in a magazine (Readerâ€™s Digest) where a young kid exclaims in surprise, â€œLook pa, he has got a strange T-shirt, nothing is written on it.â€ Such hackneyed are sayings on T-shirts. A second variety of T-shirt is the one with photographs of singers, bands, players, WWE wrestlers, cine stars, etc.
I assume that mostly youths wear it to show their unswerving loyalty to their icons though I recall a bhariya (porter) in a remote part of Nepal wearing a Stone Cold (of WWE fame) T-shirt who probably hasnâ€™t even seen a TV in his lifetime.
A T-shirt can become a good souvenir from someone who has visited some place or it might be a relic of oneâ€™s college or university days. The Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, The Statue of Liberty, the elephant symbolising Thailand etc. can be good examples of this.
In any case, I must admit that T-shirt designing is a creative field. I have a fresh memory of one quite creative T-shirt, which I came across recently. Che Guevera (the communist rebel whose T-shirt sales worldwide might have surpassed that of Bob Marley or David Beckham) asking Kem Che? (i.e. how are you in the Gujarati language)? But one instant of a year back still lingers in my mind.
A kid of about four years holding his motherâ€™s hand flaunting that ubiquitous T-shirt (a reflection of majority of the youthsâ€™ woes): No Money? No Problem. No Car? No Problem. No Job? No Problem. Guess What? No date...