The Zimbabwe version of Rhodesian Brushstroke is not an exact copy of Rhodesian pattern since it has parts added and elements relocated to accommodate new parts due to different sized printing screens.  The fabric likely comes from China and has become more available in recent years (2015 – 2020). 

Sample 1: Twill Shirt

Green over brown print.

Sample 2: Twill Bush Jacket

Similar to Rhodesian twill in weight and texture. Green over brown print.

Sample 3: Twill Trousers

Much coarser fabric than jacket or shirt.  Brown over green print.

Sample 4: Ripstop Shirt

Ripstop poly-cotton (?) fabric.  This is the most modern iteration of the pattern and was likely introduced around 2015.  The stitching quality is significantly worse than earlier examples like Sample 1, which has a chain stitch, whereas this one only has a standard stitch with no reinforcement. This example also appears to have been tailored at one point. 

A BDU-style jacket made in the same ripstop material was worn by General Constantino Chiwenga in news footage of the 2017 Zimbabwe coup.  


Usage Photos:

Besides Zimbabwe, rebels fighting against Laurent Kabila also made use of items in this camouflage pattern during the Second Congo War. These were probably captured uniforms since Zimbabwe supported the Congolese government during this conflict.

MAT02:CONGO-REBELS:MATADI,ZAIRE,17AUG98 – Congolese rebels fighting to oust President Laurent Kabila dance during training exercises near the port city of Matadi August l6. The rebels who began their campaign just two weeks ago, continue their advance towards the capital. cd/Photo by Corinne Dufka REUTERS (from

Another example of a rebel wearing a Zimbabwean uniform can be seen here:

August 14, 1998: Congolese 10th Brigade Rebels advance closer to Kinshasa (from Notice bush hat in same pattern.

News Article (1995):


Comparison with Rhodesian Pattern:

Zimbabwe is Sample 1. The extra parts of the pattern are very apparent on the Zimbabwe side in this picture.