There's this thing that you've all seen in the westerns, but you've probably never thought much about. The Wild Rag. A kerchief,, basically, that a cowboy could use for a variety of things. To keep the dust out of his face, if necessary, and to hide his face if necessary, and to wipe sweat, and to use as a sling if he broke his arm. It can also be stylish, to add color and texture to an outfit.
A Wild Rag may not be necessary to a cowboy's outfit, but they certainly provide a finishing touch. Here's a picture of my buddy, Part-Time, sporting a stylish wild rag.
Just as a counterpoint, here's another friend, Little Kazzy, with a similar wild rag.
A wild rag adds a certain je ne sais quais to a cowboy's outfit.
I was telling my mother about wild rags, and I sent her to a website, Smith and Edwards, to try to explain to her what I was thinking about. I had made a couple, but was explaining what they were all about.
Today, I get home and look in the mailbox, and Momma has closed the loop on wild rags. There is a huge supply, of many colors and styles.
I am blown away. Lots of colors, styles, prints and solids. That's probably a lifetime supply of wild rags. Fourteen by my count, plus the couple I made by myself.
Thanks, Momma. That was a very generous gesture. Very generous indeed.
**Note** There is nothing new under the sun. These day, wild rags are used by many warriors. I used then when I was in the Army, a tactical bandage, or a piece of cotton cloth, and we called them Tactical Bandanas, or Hoo-Rags. What worked in the 1870s also worked in the 1970s and beyond. I'm sure that warriors today are still wearing some form of the Wild Rag. Mine are a lot prettier.
Of course, the Boy Scouts have been using them for years. On my Honor, I will do my best.....