A bandanna is a large square of cotton or linen that has been treated in some parts of its surface by a substance that will resist dye. When the fabric is dyed, the undyed spots produce a pattern. It is used principally for scarfs, furniture coverings, and bunting.
The term bandanna was applied originally to yellow or red silk handkerchiefs, with white or yellow spots, that were made in India by a process called bandhnu, in which the areas to remain undyed were knotted tightly. Portuguese travelers brought the idea to Europe in the 16th century. In the 18th century bandannas became popular in England as neckcloths and handkerchiefs. In the United States they were worn as neckcloths by cowboys in the West.
More by this Author
Gone are the days where tattoos were the domain of bikers, sailors, hard rockers, Japanese criminals and ex-cons. Once upon a time to have a tattoo meant you were part of the rogue element. The rough crowd. The...
Though it's unknown exactly where it was invented - perhaps in Mycenaean Greece, or in Italy or Sicily, or even in Denmark - the safety-pin developed from the ordinary straight pin, beyond which in turn there is an...
The White House as it appears from the north. Photograph by David Lat. The White House is the official residence of the President of the United States, located in Washington, D.C. It is on Pennsylvania Avenue facing...
No comments yet.