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What is the origin of 'khaki' color? Why this color is generally used in police uniforms?

Date: 08 Apr 2016    Group: Opinion About    Category: Miscellaneous   

We find that the color of uniform of most of the police forces is generally in 'Khaki' color. Also Khaki color as such is generally not found in nature. What is the origin of 'khaki' color? Why this color is preferably used in police and military uniforms?
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Author: Timmappa Kamat    10 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

The Khaki is a term derived from the Persian word Khak which means soil, mud or ash. The uniform as it it stands was first introduced in 1848 by the Corpse of Guides. The uniform was used as a means of camouflage. The Khaki color has been widely used across the world from time immemorial. The basic reason behind the usage is the camouflaging properties of the color Khaki.
Initially used for the armed forces, the color has now been used as a universal color for almost all sorts of the security forces.

Author: Adarsh kumar    13 Apr 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

The origin of khaki color is from the word khak a persian word relating to mud and soil.

The khaki color of our forces is related to British India period. The Britishers introduced this color as it was followed by themselves. If you have a look at the British officers in the past they were used to wear khaki uniform.

Though this uniform color was changed in Western countries as they advanced India decided to keep the same color. Also white colored uniforms are very difficult to maintain and hence khaki is preferred over white colored uniforms.
Khaki color also provides stealth with the ground color. The clothes prepared from khaki color are relatively cheap compared to other colors.

Khaki colored uniforms are still worn by armed forces and police of most of the developing countries.

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