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I think I had mentioned before that when I had Googled for “Eastern Bolo Ties”, Google couldn’t believe I had even asked such a foolish question. Everything came back western. Of course bolo ties are western, I’m western too, and I really appreciate the casual aspect of bolo ties.
I suppose if I’d been born and raised in the east, I would have learned to appreciate putting on a bib-like noose when a tie was called for. Now I don’t want to start an East-West war here, but just thinking that thought makes me appreciate western bolo ties even more!
A belt can be made of most anything that is flexible and has some strength to it. Thanks to previous generations of cowboys, our present day western belts are not only functional, but tastefully ornate. It’s hard to imagine a cowboy’s belt being made of anything but leather.
Leather and cowboys just seem to go together, but so do style and cowboys (and, of course, cowgirls). Probably the most popular style for western belts would be tooled leather. If the cowboy wants to advertise who is wrapped in the stylish leather strap, he might even have his name tooled into the middle of the back of the belt.
Have you noticed that you don’t see a lot of cowboys wearing message t-shirts? Why would they need to? They’re wearing western belt buckles. Sure, you can put more words on a t-shirt, but how much of what you read on t-shirts is world changing anyway?
I have a friend who wears a functional pistol neatly embedded in his belt buckle. You would need a t-shirt the size of Texas to deliver the message that pistol represents. He also used to drive an Isuzu pickup with a message on the tailgate.
On the upper left of the tailgate: “UHITSME”. On the upper right: “ISUZU”. Cowboys don’t need a whole bunch of words to get their message across.
Isn’t it funny how we see and talk about things? Hawaii is about as much west of California as California is west of New York, but western apparel is still western in Honolulu. Americans (even the ones in Hawaii) seem to have a romance with western. That includes a whole genre of movies.
When I spent some time working on Oahu last summer, I usually wore western shirts and boots to work. Never did anyone observe that I was wearing eastern attire, and Wyoming is considerably east of Oahu. Sometimes I worry about myself when I thing about weird stuff like this…
A lot of bolo ties have some of the flavor of Southwestern bolo ties, but the ones that are created there in the Southwest are distinctive. You can usually count on having some combination of Native American design, silver, turquoise, and/or red stone.
There just seems to be something special about that combination. There are certainly other bolo designs that are more expensive and would possibly look better with your best suit. However, if you just knock some of the pasture off your boots, put on a pair of blue jeans, a western shirt, and a Southwestern bolo tie, you’re all dressed up.
I gotta be honest, up until about a year ago, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a saddle purse. I knew of saddle horses, saddle bags, saddle blankets, saddle pads, etc. but the idea of a saddle purse had never crossed my mind.
Had I learned about saddle purses by other means than a picture of some, I would have imagined something quite different. I might have imagined that the ladies have special purses they have with them when they are riding.
If you are learning about this kind of purse right now and since you don’t have a picture of one, believe it or not they look almost exactly like a saddle. They even come in lots of different sizes. Would you believe there are even change purses that look like a saddle. “Honey, does this saddle make my butt look big?”
Rodeo belt buckles can be divided into at least two categories. The first being the kind anyone can purchase, and the second the kind you win for being the best at what you do in the sport of Rodeo. The latter are likely to be a bit larger than the former.
The difficulty of acquiring either of the two depends on what you do and how well you do it. If you are particularly good at staying atop a raging two thousand pound plus of bull for eight seconds, the latter might be for you, and you could possibly make a lot of money doing it. I guess I’ll buy mine.
It would seem like “Cowboy Tie, Bolo” would be be redundant or axiomatic, but “seem” would have failed you. It is true that the bolo is included in the repertoire of cowboy ties, but the bolo is moving beyond the western scene.
On the other hand, “Cowboy Tie” includes much more than just the bolo. There are occasions when cowboys will even wear the traditional business tie.
Scarves, of course, are always a great option for a cowboy. It is a fact, however, that the beloved bolo continues to be the staple for “Cowboy Tie”.
Could a cowboy tie be anything but a bolo? Look at it this way…would you expect a cowboy to be wearing a bolo when he is rounding up strays after a storm? Neither would I, but I would, on the other hand, expect to see a scarf around his neck to keep him warmer.
I guess about anything a cowboy wanted to put around his neck would be a cowboy tie, but a scarf would probably show up there more often than a bolo. If he wants to be dressy, it might be just one loop around his neck and tied with tails. But a couple of loops and a knot would look good too and be a lot warmer.
When you say “Cowboy Hats”, I suspect that most everyone gets the same picture in their mind’s eye. The capacity of the hat seen may not be a full ten gallons, but I would imagine that it would have a wide brim all the way around and a higher than normal crown with some sort of crease.
The reality of what you would see might be considerably different if you were to venture out to where the work of cowboys was being done, particularly in the cold months of the year. The picture you got when you read “Cowboy Hats” probably didn’t include ear-flaps. It’s down around zero degrees fahrenheit outside right now, and if I’m headed out after some strays, my headgear will certainly include something to cover my ears.