Archive for December, 2012
I suppose most cultures can be identified with the style of clothing they wear. If you let your mind run through different styles of apparel, you will probably be able to identify the culture and the area of the world that naturally relates well to the style.
I think western wear is a bit different, but probably not alone, in that wherever people are, they choose western apparel in order to identify with a life-style more than a culture. My theory is that it’s a life-style that has to do with caring for and working with cattle and horses. I’m pretty sure that the culture of Wyoming and Argentina are significantly different, but I suspect the life-styles are more the same than different.
Can you tell I haven’t been trained as a sociologist or an anthropologist? Have a great new year everybody!
Boy am I bummed! Just when I thought Google knew everything, I asked who first referred to a shirt as “western”. Its now official, Google may know most things, but not everything. I re-learned some stuff I already knew, like a first sergeant is sometimes referred to as first shirt.
I doubt that I even referred to any shirt as western when I was a kid. They were just shirts. What we now call western shirts were just what we wore. I wonder why I would expect Google to know when someone, out of everyone in the world, first referred to a shirt as western? I don’t even know when I did.
When you see western leather purses, you just know you’re looking at western leather purses. How many other styles of purses look as if you could mount up and ride them?
Seriously, can you mistake a leather saddle purse for any other style of purse? I suppose a purse with fringes and conchos on it could conceivably be mistaken for some other style.
Don’t fringes and conchos at least suggest a western style though? But you have to admit that a western style saddle that doubles as a purse pretty much declares the style.
Yesterday I asked Google about “Eastern Bolo Tie”, and Google was having none of that nonsense. Today I did the same thing for “Eastern Duster”. Turns out that some lady on ask.com gave an answer as to what an eastern duster is. I have no idea if she knew what she was talking about, but it sounded reasonable…something about a rain coat.
Have you ever heard of a long cattle drive east of the Mississippi? Cattle drives gave birth to the duster. If you’ve never been on a cattle drive, it gets a bit dusty behind all those critters, and the western duster kept the dust off the clothes.
Even if there had been cattle drives east of the big river, it probably wouldn’t have kicked up much of a cloud anyway. They got no dust…too much rain.
Have you ever tried to Google for “Eastern Bolo Ties”? I did that just for giggles. Google didn’t want to hear about it.
I saw something I had never seen before. When I got as far as ‘eastern bolo ties”, the list in the drop-down below all started with “Western Bolo Ties“.
Google apparently knows that very few things are as western as bolo ties. Come to think of it, I should probably apologize to Google. I may have introduced a virus or something into Google’s system. I’m sorry Google.
I think belts should have personality and most western belts have that personality. A lot of, but not all, take on character in the form of carving in the leather. Many will have the wearer’s name carved in the middle of the back.
A few years ago I discovered a problem with having your name in the middle of the back of your belt. In this case, when it was made for me I was wearing a size or two larger belt than I do now. When I cinched it up, my name was no longer in the middle of the back.
The solution to that problem isn’t as simple as it might first appear. If you want the name to remain in the middle of the back, the extra length of the belt is on both ends of the belt in equal amounts. Cutting some off the hole end is pretty simple…not so much on the buckle end.
Some time ago my wife and I were at a flea market and were perusing the offerings of an antique dealer and friend of ours. We saw a western belt buckle and she asked him about the price. His smart-alec reply was to ask her why she wanted to buy that for me…I hadn’t seen the one I was wearing in years.
With friends like that, does a guy need enemies? I had to remind him that I did, in fact, look at my belt buckles before I put them on.
Besides, I wear western belt buckles for other people to see. By the way, I can see it when I have it on…it just isn’t as easy as it used to be.
I wonder how much Buffalo Bill had to do with popularizing western apparel? For those of us who have been raised in the Wesstern US, the idea of Colonel Cody’s Wild West Show seems a bit garish.
Even so, how much different was his show from the modern rodeo? The fact is that people were curious about western culture as presented by the show and were attracted to much of it. Did I answer my own question, or further confuse the issue?
What came first, the high quality of southwestern bolo ties or the demand for high quality silver and turquoise jewelry? I don’t know if there is an accurate answer to that question, but I suspect there is a bit of a symbiotic relationship between the two.
It appears that both the market (demand) and the jewelry have evolved over the last 80 to 100 years. I have more expertise in the area of a similar market/product relationship, that being very powerful, inexpensive personal computers and the demand for even more powerful and inexpensive computers. That’s just how the marketplace works. We get a taste of good stuff, and we demand more of it.
Why would a lady need more than one purse? If you can seriously ask that question, you probably haven’t spent much time with the fairer sex, and may have just crawled out from under a flat rock. Ladies need more than one purse because they have more than one outfit to wear.
Any fool should know that a lady needs to have a purse to match whatever outfit she has chosen to wear at the time. What could match western apparel better than a saddle purse? The more elaborate the outfit, the bigger the saddle purse should be. There are even small saddle purses for those special times when your lady isn’t wearing much at all. Come to think of it maybe you should buy her a very small purse for Christmas….