If ever a 22-inch square of cotton could tell stories, it would be the bandana.
This simple piece of cloth has swabbed the sweat off the brows of sailors, farmers, miners, soldiers and factory workers for generations. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a Western film without a cowboy sporting some version of it.
Around midcentury, bandanas evolved from a strictly utilitarian item to a fashion statement. In recent years, rappers and other celebrities including Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Hailey Bieber have rocked bandana fashion. Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Coach and Japanese designer Hidaeki Shikama have employed the motif in collections.
And as is often the case with fashion trends, bandana prints have gravitated from the wardrobe to the rest of the home. These days, they fit comfortably in many décor styles, including farmhouse, vintage and cottage core.
Here are some ideas of how to incorporate the bandana motif in your home:
Photos: Bandanas add twist to home decor
“The versatility of the (bandana) trend allows designers to stretch themselves with fresh takes, while preserving the integrity of this timeless classic,” says Sarah Ward, senior vice president of brand marketing for Spoonflower, the digital printing marketplace for indie designers.
She’s seeing artists using the motif on fabric, wallpaper, throw pillows, curtains and bedding.