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Illustration by Anna Sudit for Racked

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From the political nature of pockets to the gruesome effects of green dye, what we put on our bodies has alternately lifted us up and weighed us down. Racked’s histories aimed to remind, and in many cases teach, readers about the stories hidden in the things we wear every day.