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Wild West Cowboy Facts

Bandana, Kerchief


Cowboys Wearing Bandanas
The cowboy kerchief or bandana was another thing one could not be a cowboy without.

The bandana had many uses, most notably as a dust mask while driving cattle kicking up dirt. 

It could also be used as earmuffs in cold weather, as protection from sunburn on the neck, as a pot holder for hot pots or branding irons, as prevention against snow blindness in winter, a tourniquet or sling in case of injury and just in case they were planning to rob the stage, it made a nifty mask!.

Red was the most common color and it could be made of silk, cotton or linen.

Much like today, the bandana was generally folded into a triangle and tied around the neck, but with the knot in the back.

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