Hippie strap

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Hippie strap is the somewhat jokey term for a style of camera strap whose popularity peaked in the 1970s: a multicolored, woven cloth strap about 5 cm (2 inches) wide.

This may seem at first a stylistic flourish, paralleling the outrageous sideburns and flared pants which occurred in the same era. But it must be kept in mind that a typical Nikkormat or Mamiya/Sekor 100DTL of the era could weigh nearly 3 lbs (1.3 kilos); and the expectation that a wider strap would spread the load over a larger surface area would have been very appealing.

A gallery of vintage hippie straps follows: