Bandanas are fashion. They are protective wear for your head and neck. And they are the pocketknife of apparel – a wearable tool of many uses. ECOMOTIF® bandanas are works of art that really work – our take on an iconic fashion with a vivid history.
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Works Best With Frequent Applications of Seawater, Fresh Air and Sunshine
Immerse, air dry in sun, repeat as necessary. Otherwise just launder with your cotton colors. Your new bandana will soften in the first wash.
History of an American Tradition
Seafarers brought the first bandanas to Europe from India over 200 years ago. Called badhnati (to tie in Sanskrit), they
were squares of fabric tie-dyed in vivid colors and patterns. They became popular fashions, practical apparel and ultimately
very useful tools.
Pirates brought the anglicized bandanoes to the colonies and an American fashion classic was born. In 1775, a printer defied a British ban on printing textiles to make a bandana with General George Washington on horseback. Bandanas have depicted American personalities, causes and products ever since. In 1889, the great boxer John Sullivan fought a highly anticipated bout with Jake Kilrain. To help the crowd follow the action, each boxer chose a bandana to wrap around his waist and hang in his corner.
During World War II, Rosy the Riveter wore a red bandana while flexing her biceps at the Axis powers she helped defeat. Eye-catching bandanas have advertised the Beatles, Harley Davidsons, Kelloggs cereal and the New York Yankees. Bandanas are part of the signature image of bikers, cowboys, farmers, pirates, railroad engineers and scouts. Celebrities Axyl Rose, Bruce Springsteen and Rihanna have adopted the look.