Bandanas are large, usually square cloths wrapped around the head or neck for both aesthetic and protective purposes. They typically come in brightly-colored paisley patterns, but they are also available in plain and printed styles. Most bandanas are made of cotton or cotton-and-polyester mix and have hemmed edges.
The word ‘bandana’ comes from the Hindi word bandhana, which means “to tie.”
Types of Bandanas
Kinds of Bandanas include the following:
Plain bandanas are available in almost all solid colors.
Standard bandanas are printed with paisley design.
They commonly come in bright blue and red, but they are now available in other colors.
Fancy bandanas have animal, camouflage, or crossbones prints.
Choosing Bandanas (Buying tips)
Size: Choose an extra wide bandana (about 27 inches) if you want to use it as a head wrap or neck wrap for protection from smoke, fumes, or dust.
Color associations: Choose a bandana in a “safe” color. Certain bandana colors are associated with specific groups of people, and wearing a bandana in an unknown area may put you in danger. Red or blue bandanas, for example, are often associated with certain gangs in Los Angeles, California.