Bandannas

by admin on June 28, 2011

While working on the Bandannas story with the Collecting Department (for the July issue of Living), I learned that this humble cloth has quite a history.  Made famous by Martha Washington, and popularized by cowboys and rock-n-rollers, the bandanna has become a symbol of Americana.

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A bandanna's border can be a telltale sign of its age.

1 A bandanna’s border can be a telltale sign of its age.

Older ones have small dots, squares, or mixed patterns,

2 Older ones have small dots, squares, or mixed patterns,

while newer ones often have paisleys and curlicues.

3 while newer ones often have paisleys and curlicues.

Hand-rolled edges can also signify a vintage piece.

4 Hand-rolled edges can also signify a vintage piece.

Using only indigo blue ones, we found many ways to feature vintage and new bandannas.

This was also my first shoot featuring animals.  It was interesting to see what a difference they made in the picture, even if it did take a little wrangling.

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These artfully displayed bandannas already made a beautiful picture.

1 These artfully displayed bandannas already made a beautiful picture.

Here's Lucy, making herself comfortable on set.

2 Here’s Lucy, making herself comfortable on set.

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The final selection.

6 The final selection.

It can be difficult to stay put...

7 It can be difficult to stay put…

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...until you find the perfect spot.

11 …until you find the perfect spot.

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