or street art that employs colorful
displays of knitted or crocheted cloth, rather than paint or chalk. While yarn
bombs or knit
bombs--may last for years, they are considered
non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti
, can be easily removed if necessary. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished
knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.
While other forms of graffiti
may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn
bombing is almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places.