Iconography is assorted geometric shapes, animals, and human graphics presented representational, abstract, or stylised fashion. The precise meaning of many of these designs to the weavers may never be known, as they are a part of the collective consciousness or mythical history and not discussed.
Fashion is memory
Clothing is a memory. However, historically central to the iconography are gestures with the specific meaning, particularly of Indian religion, others include rituals like symbols found in Christian and Islamic religion and culture. Furthermore, letters and numbers were often used in Indian religions so people easier could memorise Dharma (Buddhist holy books central to Buddha’s teachings) such as Three Jewels, Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Noble Path in Buddhism and alphabetic letters. An example from the 1950s
Marlon Brando and James Dean made jeans rebellious
To illustrate how clothes become symbols and feared by the established, taken from the post-Marlon Brando the greatest Denim jeans icon: “In the movie “The Wild One“, sideburned Johnny (Marlon Brando) leads a gang of 40 black leather-jacket motorcyclists, they ride in a tight squadron formation setting the tone of voice. The free-spirited Black Rebels Motorcycle Club with the big letters BRMC of the back of the leather jackets, it shows a skull above two crossed pistons, ever since nothing else illustrates better the brotherhood in a motorcycle gang. The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is about to legitimate motorcycle race competition in the small-town city Carbonville; motorcycle gangs ever since have their codes and symbols for example Banditos and Hells Angels, these logos stand for respect, brotherhood and freedom. A visual language developed with hidden codes, rites, signals of belonging or warning (such as jackets or vest with symbols of motorcycle gangs as Hells Angels or Banditos). Modern iconography is made to create myths their iconography mixes repeatedly classic symbols from ancient cultures with modern symbols, icons, and well-known logos:”
Jeans banned in schools from coast to coast
Furthermore “Not only in the movies did Marlon Brando wear jeans but off-screen, James Dean did the same. Because of the negative reaction from parents and media denim jeans became banned in schools from coast to coast, which only added the popularity of denim style, teenagers simple embraced jeans. The Hollywood designers let all bad-guy characters in the movies wear denim jeans, and soon it became a symbol representing the radical counterculture. A culture represented by young American soldiers returning from War abroad rode around the US on motorbikes while expected to fit into society, getting married, have children and buy a house in the suburbs as their parents did.