In my last post, I showcased the Bandana Buckaroo tee and featured a cabinet card of a cowboy dressed smartly in western attire. While working on that post and digging through all of my vintage images I realized the cotton bandana was not restricted to the American cowboy or to utility wear. It seems Native Americans used the cheaply printed cloth just as much or more - but definitely in very creative ways. Going through my pictures I can see the printed square used for:
One fierce character even used his bandana as a jaunty eye patch.
I find this so interesting. When you Google "bandana history" the general results are:
BANDANA - 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 opportunity of the bandana and also used it to cover their face when doing their dirty tactics.
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