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  •  that's not a scarf- that's a wild rag! (3+ / 0-)
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    Out here, they are called a wild rag, and are standard wear for cowboys. Bandannas are much smaller, and aren't fit for a wild rag- the rags are always pure silk. Some of them are as big as a small tablecloth. A bandanna is just a snot catcher, fit only for a back pocket.

    They are work and dress apparel all over the Intermountain West, and are very practical gear, as silk is very warm and keeps the neck warm in this cold and windy climate.

    Working cowboys always own one good one that is worn like a tie for dress-up. And just like a necktie, the good ones are typically fancier than the everyday wild rags.

    They are not new is this area - they've been around for at least 100 years, and are commonly seen in Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Some cowboys from Oregon, Washington and N. California also wear them.

    Like neckties, they are tied in many different knots. The reason they are so large is, like a necktie, they wrap completely around the neck after being rolled loosely, and then tied. Unlike a necktie, a wild rag keeps the throat and upper chest covered.

    Look at some formal pictures of Civil War era officers, and you'll see them. The apparel of the buckaroo changes very little out here. The bolo tie and other neckwear is worn in the warmer states of the West.

    Get snarky on a buckaroo's wild rag only if you are prepared to lose some teeth.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 05:03:15 PM PDT

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    •  cowboy, buckaroo (3+ / 0-)

      I realized I failed to make a distinction between the two. Both are out here.
      A cowboy is willing to drive a tractor and bale hay. He will also mend fences and do other 'ground work'.

      A buckaroo is a dying breed. They are the cattle masters, and literally live on horseback. For them, if it can't be done from atop a horse, fuck it. While both cowboys and buckaroos wear the wild rag, they differ in other styles of hats, boots, and clothing. The buckaroos also use different riding gear, and swing much longer ropes- up to 50 feet.

      There are still ranches out here large enough, and in country rough enough, that a buckaroo can find a job, but they're getting scarcer every year.  

      Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

      by Idaho07 on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 05:15:39 PM PDT

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