Maybe it all began in the sixties during the hippie movement when teenagers and young adults broke out the magic markers and defiled their clean white bed sheets with the iconic symbol of their time. Mothers then surely went into hysterics when they found their linens covered with hand drawn peace signs. Yet, still today, peace sign bedding draws pleas from children and teenagers alike to decorate their rooms with the brightly colored symbol of peace. There are a few who still hesitate to indulge in peace sign bedding due to the peace sign’s bad publicity in the 70’s; however today’s society generally views the peace sign as a positive symbol, allowing their children to feel “cool” with peace sign bedding and decorations for their room.
There’s a pretty good chance that anywhere that sells comforters will offer peace sign bedding. All ages, from doe eyed optimistic kids to wizened old hippies, share one common thread—they love to sleep snuggled under (and usually surrounded by) that easily recognizable, usually rainbow or tie-dyed colored symbol of peace, the peace sign.
Especially with the tumultuous political and economic climate of today, the peace sign is making a huge comeback within circles encouraging hope in hard times. Peace sign bedding, clothing, and jewelry can be found in most retail stores.
Peace sign bedding was not so easy to find however in the late ‘70’s due to stigma placed on the symbol by extreme conservative groups. These groups deemed the peace sign “satanic” and stated it was, instead of a symbol of peace and hope, an upside down broken cross, used in satanic rituals. This sentiment, though discarded by most of society, is still held by some conservative groups today. The peace signed was actually created by an anti-war activist who overlapped the semaphore signals for the letters “n”, for nuclear and “d”, for disarmament, with a circle around them. The symbol was dubbed “the peace sign” and adopted by most anti-war groups, becoming the iconic symbol of the “hippie generation”. Even though “nuclear disarmament” isn’t much of a concern to activists for peace today, the peace sign, with its bright, encouraging colors, is still a beloved symbol of harmony and acceptance worldwide.
Peace sign bedding and accessories comes in lots of different colors and styles, so there is sure to be something to fit the color scheme of the room. Peace sign tables, lamps, chairs, prints and so many other decorations abound; be creative and give your child some input as well. And when your 10 year old asks if she can have peace sign bedding and other peace sign stamped décor, don’t hesitate in indulging her pacifistic nature. Instead, be happy to surround your little activist-in-training with the iconic equivalent to “why can’t we all just get along”. After all, the neighbor’s kid has demanded his mom decorate his room in the “flaming skull” style. Count your blessings.