Tuesday, November 2, 2010

History Of The Bandana


A bandanna or bandana is a type of large, usually colorful, kerchief, usually worn on the head. Bandannas are frequently printed in a paisley pattern. Bandanas are most often used to hold hair back, either as a fashionable head accessory, or for practical purposes:
  • Cowboys would typically wear bandanas around their face to keep dust out and keep the scent of their horse's manure away as they traveled slowly.
  • Outdoor workers, such as farmers and cowboys, wear them around the neck to wipe the sweat off their faces and keep dust out of their collars.
  • Wildland firefighters wear them over the mouth and nose to lessen inhalation of dust and fumes.
  • Dancers and other athletes wear them during practice as a simple way of keeping hair and sweat out of their faces, or as part of their costume/uniform.
  • Soldiers wear them to keep their own sweat and blood out of their eyes.
  • Kitchen staff may wear them to keep hair from falling into the food that they prepare.
Bandanas are also traditionally used as handkerchiefs by manual laborers and outdoorsmen, since they more practically hide stains than a white handkerchief. Thus they have come to symbolize social revolutions.
Colors, and sometimes designs, can be worn as a means of communication or identification.
In gang subcultures, the bandana could be worn in a pocket or, in some cases, around the leg.

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