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Monday, November 2, 2009

Bandana




A bandana (from the Hindi: बन्धन bandhana, "to tie") is a type of large, usually colorful, kerchief, usually worn on the head.

Bandannas are frequently printed in a paisley pattern.
Bandannas are worn as a practical garment by:
Outdoor workers such as farmers and cowboys, who wear them around the neck to wipe the sweat off their faces and keep dust out of their collars.
Wildland firefighters, who wear them over the mouth and nose to lessen inhalation of dust and fumes.
Dancers and other athletes, who wear them during practice as a simple way of keeping hair and sweat out of their faces.
Some soldiers wear bandannas to keep their own sweat and blood out of their eyes.
Sports Stars, such a footballers and Tennis players, wear them to keep their hair in shape and off the rest of their face.
And sadly Bandannas in particular colors are also worn as a means of communication or identification, as with the prominent California criminal gangs, the Bloods, the Crips, the Norteños, and the Sureños or in sexual subcultures in the United States. In the late 1980s/early 1990s, the Bloods and the Crips, wore red or blue paisley bandanas as a signifier of gang affiliation.


And here are a few more uses for a traveling female by Tara Wilkinson

A dish cloth........................A Headband.........................A picnic napkin
A first-aid tourniquet.............Tie a ponytail......................A Hankie
Carry your lunch....................A pillow cover
To stay cool....just wet and tie around your neck
Clean your camera lens..............................Use as a placemat
Shine your shoes.................Tie extra stuff to your knapsack
Polish your fruit..............Wear as a funky bracelet
Collect shells on the beach or berries in the woods
Use as a belt........A bandage.............A washcloth.................A sling
A "sleep" blindfold...........................Shoooo aways bugs
Wrap a gift..........................Fill with Ice and use as a compress
Mark a trail...................Cheer at a concert or sporting event
and my added one....tie around your suitcase to set it apart at the airport


and here you thought they were just for protecting your head
Have Bandana ..will travel

5 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

I've seen chemo patients wear them too.

Lady Di Tn said...

I wear the paisley ones to keep the sweat out of my eyes when I work in the yard. It made me very SAD to read the part about gangs. The lowly bandana has been miss used like the battle flag of the conferate army. Those that sewed each did not intend such useage. VERY SAD. Peace

Farmchick said...

My dogs like to wear them too :)

Granny Annie said...

I have many bandanas to cover my baldness. Never thought about other uses. My spouse always carries a red bandana in his back pocket and when he was in the hospital the nurses could always spot him because he would tuck a red bandana in the waist of his boxers and they could spot him from a distance through the gown flap in the back.

Once again you've come us with some fun information.

Boomer Pie said...

Bandana as chair seat covers. And you can hide a banana in your bandana!
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