In the later decades of the nineteenth century, the cattle barons and ranch owners of the great American West controlled massive swaths of the land. Their operations were expanding rapidly, acquiring cattle and staff as quickly as they could.
At first, small-time ranches were the only ones issuing matching bandannas to their cowboys and ranch hands, but before long, each and every cattle organization in the West had their own signature bandanna design and colors. This idea, while revolutionary at first, backfired quickly and spectacularly for these companies with the rise of outlaw cattle rustling.
Anyone looking to get started in the very lucrative business of cattle rustling needed only to get a gun, a horse, and the bandanna of another ranch before riding off to steal whatever they could rustle. Witnesses could only identify the bandanna, and never the bandit, leading to greater confusion for law enforcement of the time.
As this practice became more widepread, it became the style of bandits and cattle rustlers across the west to wear their bandannas "wrong side" out, or backwards.
Men like Jack "Three Spoons" Dakota, who terrorized the stretch of land running from Montana to New Mexico, (and as far west as California, from 1877 to 1891, up until his disappearance in 1892) sported a different ranch bandana during each and every crime he committed.
After the Great Rustlings of 1887 & 88, many cattle operations stopped making ranch bandannas, as massive losses from rustlers depleted their finances. This also led to a decline in rustler activity, as a bandanna disguise was no longer easily obtainable.
While you certainly won't be arrested for wearing your bandanna backwards in the 21st century, they do make an excellent face covering, whether you wear yours front out or not.
Designed by Mister Freedom in Los Angeles, and then made by SugarCane Co. in Japan, these 100% cotton, selvedge bandannas, use a water based ink for their print, giving a full deep color no matter which way you wear it.
- 100% cotton Japanese traditional selvedge “bandana” lightweight fabric
- One side cut to selvedge
- Traditional narrow hems on three sides
- Vintage-inspired 1950s-60s dude ranch cowboy/western artwork.
- Water-based ink print
- 23" x 23"
- True to size
- Wash however you want
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- Kraft paper envelope packaging
- Made in Japan
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