This humble 20 x 20 fabric square has a rich history which dates back to Martha Washington—wife of George—having the first one (as we know them today) commissioned to feature the likeness of her husband on horseback in the early 1700s. Fast forward to the 1920s and we see its first association to workwear with the West Virginia coal miners opting to wear red bandanas as a visual display of their demand for unions, and move forward another 5 or so decades to a similar signal based usage in the gay community but with a fashionable twist.
The fascinating roots coupled with its endless versatility make the bandana a truly unique accessory. Indigofera has contributed beautifully to this ongoing story with their Gryphon Rope Bandana. These whimsical bandanas are made in Portugal using a cotton poplin fabric emblazoned with a striking all-over print that features the familiar Gryphon used on countless neck labels from the brand.
Coming in Red or Blue and available from Manready Mercantile priced at $46