The Best Bandanas For Crafts (and Cowgirls and Boys)

The Best Bandanas For Crafts (and Cowgirls and Boys)

Tess Wilson
Jul 3, 2012

Last 4th of July, we marveled over the humble beauty of bandanas, including all the ways they can be incorporated into modern decor. Vintage bandanas (especially heirloom ones) are incredible, but there are also new, fascinating bandanas being made. Allow me to present my favorite indigo examples...

I really do prefer my bandanas in a rich-yet-faded blue. Red can fill in in a pinch, but indigo is forever. I happened upon many very cool orange, white, and multi-colored bandanas, but here I'm stickin' with blue (with a couple reds thrown in for good measure).

1,2 & 3. These first three Swallow, Heart, and Plaid Flower bandanas are all hand-printed by Box & Flea. They have many other lovely examples in blue, black, red, and green.
4. The whale bandana available through BIG THINGS is made in Chico, CA, and puts a nautical twist on a piece of classic Americana.
5. The Printed Image carries the Clouds bandana, another Chico original. So stormy and educational!
6. San Francisco's own UNIONMADE has created a bandana that's Wild West by way of Japan: tiny white dots on classic indigo chambray. 7. The Ace Hotel makes bandanas, apparently, and though my favorite one is sold out, this red Steven Harrington one is pretty cool, too.
8. CXXVI's Wave Anchor Bandana is hand-dyed, hand-printed, and oh-so-jaunty. Any chance of a blue version, fellas?

(Images: as credited above.)

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