A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandana
A rare collection of period bandannas provides Museum visitors a glimpse of authentic neckwear once sought after by young horsemen on the range and later popularized in Western fiction. Many a 19-century cowboy bought a square yard of Turkey red cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. The name “bandanna” came from the Turkish process of dying cotton fabric with the root of the rubia plant to produce a bright red material. The exhibition includes history about the practical use of these neckcloths, its place as a fashion element within the cowboy wardrobe, the history of Turkey red fabric, and the choice of silk versus cotton. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.