Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), Wall Drawing number #373: Lines in Four Directions (equal spacing on an unequal wall), 1983, Reinstalled in 2000, pencil, fixative, varnish, graphite, Indian ink and latex on wall, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Acquired from Sol LeWitt in 1983. The humble stripe has something of a checkered past. In his colorful and illuminating history of stripes, The Devil’s Cloth, Michel Pastoureau reveals the hidden history of this simple pattern. Stripes on clothing can be seen in mural paintings and various other creative works as early as the year 1000. Historically, they were a pejorative symbol that was used to mark out any and all characters who transgressed the social order in some way. This has, over time, included those who had been condemned (criminals), the infirm (lepers), the inferior (servants), the dishonorable (prostitutes) and the damned (non-Christians). This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Films Issue 47 Farida Khelfa France’s fashion muse. Fashion Issue 47 Between Us The world looks brighter among old friends. Fashion Issue 47 Veneda Carter An interview with a superstar stylist. Design Fashion Issue 47 Jean Touitou The A.P.C. founder on the demands of hype and craft. Design Fashion Issue 47 Hot Desk The many faces of a multifunctional workstation. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 Last Night What did New York stylist Beverly Nguyen do with her evening?