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Mar 12, 2010

HISTORY of Cowboys & Bandanas




During long cattle drives or roundups, the cowboys needed a way to keep all the dust and dried grass from getting into their nose, mouth and throat. Hence, the bandana came about. The bad guys took opprtunity of the bandana and also used it to cover their face when doing their dirty tactics.
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A bandanna or bandana (from the Hindi: बन्धन bandhana, "to tie") is a type of large, usually colorful, kerchief, usually worn on the head.[3] Bandannas are frequently printed in a paisley pattern.
Bandanas are also traditionally used as handkerchiefs by manual laborers and outdoorsmen, since they more practically hide stains than a white handkerchief. Thus they come to symbolize social revolutions. Anarchists participating in a black bloc, as well as other protestors, may wear a bandana over their face to conceal their identity and provide some protection against tear gas and pepper spray.
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Here is a fun Mister Freedom bandana by JCrew


















3 comments:

Ronnie said...

Thanks for the history lesson.
Work great as dinner napkins too.

Casey Knopik said...

I wear a bandana when hiking because it helps stop the sweat from running into my eyes. They are easy to rinse out that night and dry really fast!

chasecreative said...

Yes Casey great to wipe sweat. I used my bandana while in Mexico for three months as a coffee filter, wet cold rag, wash rag and bandage. I still have it and love the memories it holds every time I look at it's tatterd self.