If ever a 22 inch square of cotton could tell stories, it would be the bandana.
This simple piece of cloth has wiped the sweat from the eyebrows of sailors, farmers, miners, soldiers and factory workers for generations. And you’d be hard pressed to find a Western movie without a cowboy sporting a version.
By the mid-century, bandanas evolved from a strictly utilitarian item to a fashion statement. In recent years, rappers and other celebrities like Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Hailey Bieber have rocked bandana fashion. Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Coach and Japanese designer Hidaeki Shikama have used the pattern in collections.
And as is often the case with fashion trends, bandana prints have moved from the wardrobe to the rest of the house. These days, they fit comfortably into many decor styles, including farmhouse, vintage, and cottage core.
Here are some ideas for incorporating the bandana pattern into your home:
“The versatility of the trend (bandana) allows designers to stretch with fresh holds, while maintaining the integrity of this timeless classic,” says Sarah Ward, senior vice president of brand marketing for Spoonflower, the market digital printing for independent designers.
She sees artists using the pattern on fabric, wallpaper, cushions, curtains and bedding.