Archive for the ‘Bolo Ties’ Category
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 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.
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.
Anyone who has followed this blog at all knows that it’s no secret that I really favor the bolo tie. That doesn’t mean I never wear any other kind of tie. I long ago learned to make a very nice looking double windsor knot. I even like how I look in a suit and a tie.
However, that is reserved for very special occasions when it’s more appropriate to wear something more formal. That’s right, a bolo tie is less formal…and more comfortable too, by the way.
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.
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.
Another reason to love bolo ties just occurred to me. I’ve never had to get one dry cleaned because I spilled soup on it.
We here in Wyoming occasionally experience a bit of a breeze, but I’ve never had the bottom of a cowboy tie bolo blow up and smack me in the face either.
By the way, the breeze I was referring to having occasionally would probably be called a gale-force wind elsewhere. A person might be in danger of being strangled by the wind with one of those soup catcher types of ties.
When we say cowboy tie, we usually are thinking of the bolo tie, or some would call it a string tie. However, when you are “cowboy tough”, cowboy tie can mean about anything you want it to mean. Tough cowboys sometimes wear pink shirts, and I would expect could wear a pink tie if they had a mind to.
According to Wikipedia, Victor Cedarstaff of Wickenberg, Arizona gets credit for the first bolo tie…quite by accident. Fearful of losing his silver-trimmed hatband to the wind, he put it around his neck. And that is, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story.
I’ve written before about getting favorable comments (usually from ladies) about a bolo tie I was wearing, but it has usually been from ladies of the slightly “more mature” persuasion. Thanksgiving day I actually received a complement on my bolo from a great-niece who was about 12.
I was already sold on bolo ties vs. those cloth things some people tie around their necks. Now I’m even more convinced that it would be crazy to wear any other kind of tie.
However, since I have to be completely honest, I have to say that that same young lady said she couldn’t believe that I was only four years older than my next younger brother. I was thinking I looked younger than he does, so I’m not sure how much credibility to assign to this rotten kid. (He said, grinning.)