In Chelyabinsk, International Institute of Design and Service (MIDS) students sewed backpacks for SVO soldiers, designed to carry Kornet anti-tank missiles. The university told RIA Novosti that the order came from activists of the ZOV Chebarkul movement.
The soldiers themselves tried to make carriers from improvised materials, but they could not withstand the load and quickly tore. We started doing this at the end of September as part of a student workshop. At that time, we only had the size and weight of the shells,” said Oksana Pershina, associate professor of the Department of Design, Drawing and Painting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Science.
Initially, the teacher admitted that the students were focused on sewing every day or catwalk looks. According to her, when the project topic was revealed to the students, many were inspired, given that some students now have brothers and fathers in the SVO zone.
First, the designers were ordered to sew five backpacks for one rocket and five more carriers for two. We had to work quickly because we had to be in time to send humanitarian aid to the fighters.
The missile from the Kornet anti-tank system weighs 26 kg, and its length is 120 cm. When sewing, it was necessary to take into account the dimensions of the fighter, as well as seasonality, Pershina emphasized. Sketches were drawn by eye, after which the layouts were agreed upon with the fighters in the chat, who shared their wishes, including asking for more pockets.
When the first backpack was ready, it was tested for strength. To do this, the pencil factory produced two copies of real ATGM shells free of charge. The first bag went to the NWO zone in November. The fighters were satisfied, but there were some comments that the students would take into account when sewing new batches.
Previously, military correspondent Alexander Sladkov advised sending warm clothes, camouflage suits, camouflage nets, and special clothing for the wounded to the soldiers in the Northern Military District zone. The journalist warned against sending food products, since such parcels may not be accepted for security reasons.