The first promotional bandana arrived at the home of George and Martha Washington in 1776 by care of their friend John Hewson, a printmaker, who printed one with George's figure. The cloth became known as a "little banner"— a medium for promoting and advertising a range of issues, which then evolved into an iconic accessory seen frequently around the neck of John Wayne and other characters from the Wild West. Kerchiefs were also used in the military to wrap injuries or set a broken leg. Today, the bandana has returned as one of the most versatile items out there: Wrap it around your head, neck or wrist, use it to bundle up and carry a snack, dry off dishes, wipe your nose or brow on cold and hot days, place it in your back or jacket pocket for a touch of color, dust off a table... The list goes on and on. One constant is that these soft cotton bandanas are an environmentally friendly alternative to using disposable plastic bags or paper tissues, towels and napkins.
Keep it in your pocket as a washable hanky or napkin, or use it to protect your face or neck. Just like a 100% cotton shirt, you can throw the handkerchief in the wash with like colors, and air dry or tumble on low. Just ensure to wash in hot water the first time.
One of the last American bandana manufacturers produces these kerchiefs in the South. The company started out selling cigars and tobacco before adopting the Hav-a-Hank logo, which made them famous for their cotton textiles. The bandanas start out as 100% raw cotton cloth, then are bleached and printed with a die, heat set and finished. The large roll of cotton cloth is then cut into the size of two bandanas and split. The edges are sewn, hand-inspected and folded, and ready for wear.
Versatile cotton handkerchief in a classic paisley print. Made by one of the last manufacturers of bandanas in the U.S.A. Available in red, navy or black. Measures 21 inches x 21 inches (53 cm x 53 cm). (more info)
21 inches x 21 inches
(53 cm x 53 cm)
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