The meshka is the standard bag for army kit and personal belongings introduced in the Russian Imperial Army in 1874. Later, it is incorporated in the uniform of sergeants and infantry soldiers in the armed forces of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries, including Bulgaria. The meshka is a rectangular bag made from water-resistant material, fitted with an outside pocket for toiletries and straps to hold a sleeping bag, with an approximate capacity between 25 and 30 litres.

During the 1970's, the boys returning from their compulsory military service come home with their uniform, personal belongings and their own meshka. In the 1980's, youth countercultures embrace the meshka as a part of their own "uniform" - a gesture which transforms this product of military order and political regime into a symbol of rebellious independence. At the same time emerges the tradition of personalizing the meshka, as each owner draws and writes on it with markers and ballpoint pens. The meshka's endurance and minimalistic design secure its place on the backs of boys and girls for several generations - in the city, on the mountain, in school, in front of the stage and even on it.

Now with wider shoulder straps, additional cotton lining and an inside pocket, the meshka is here and this time it carries only freedom.