Do you admire the cowboy look of a western bandana around your neck, but aren’t sure how to tie it?
Schaefer Ranchwear makes bandanas, which sometimes are called wild rags or western scarves by our customers. Bandanas helped cowboys protect their faces and necks from wind-blown grit while on the trail.
New Mexico-based Schaefer recently provided step-by-step instructions on how to tie your own western bandana:
- Fold the bandana into a triangle, then place it around your neck with the point facing down over your chest.
- Wrap the left tail twice around the index and middle finger of your left hand. Pick up the right tail with your right hand and slip it through the loop you created with your left hand. The right tail should go over your fingers from the right side while in the loop and over the left tail coming from your neck.
- Wrap the right tail around the left tail, then pull it through the loop beneath the fingers of your left hand. The right tail should come out the right side of the knot.
- Wrap the right tail over your fingers again. Go over the portion closest to the ends of your fingers and under the portion closest to your wrist to create a square knot. Pull to tighten, but pull evenly with both tails, or the knot may look messy.
If you need more visual tutoring, this video by cowboy preacher and poet Bryn Thiessen should help:
High-quality Schaefer bandanas are offered in more than a dozen colors, which you can buy at Drysdales.com.
Each bandana comes in a large size, features machine-sewn edges, and is made of 100 percent heavyweight silk. Like virtually all of Schaefer’s products, they’re manufactured in America. Many of them come in an attractive jacquard pattern.
And if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of tying, Schaefer also offers metal slides for bandanas.
You also can shop for other types of bandanas and ties.