“Art and a Banana”


I am curious about the history and the origins of the Bandanas. Seems like the 22 inches by 22 inches Bandanas have been around for all of my life. It is an article of clothing with so many different meanings. However, when I look at the root of the word I see band so immediate I think about a Band-Aid a covering up so at any given time bandanas are used to accessorize the hair, forehead, around the neck, or sometimes wrapped around the wrist as folks whirl and twirl around singing Mardi Gras songs “,,, Ooh na  na…” Growing up in New Orleans bandanas are worn raised and simply a part of the motif both the music and dancing in the searing southern summer heat pure joy and excitement for hours along the sometimes cobbled city streets of New Orleans. Nonetheless, at a second line no matter how riotous a person may appear the Bandana means he or she is approachable just out having a damn good ole’ time. Then, we have the bikers wearing Bandanas as a head covering, or even wrapped to cover part of the face the nose and the mouth to keep pesky bugs blowing in the wind from getting in places where they don’t belong as bikers eat up the open roads. Historically speaking, a Bandana has been reassessed, reassigned, and reinvented for eons. So the key question is: What makes that designed esthetic stand out from all of the rest? The way that I see it the bandana in and of itself is a visual language art in motion that live to tell the tale. According to too, an article written in the New York Times had this to say”…Here’s News for Cowboys: Bandanna can be Religious…” https://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/21/world/here-s-news-for-cowboys-bandanna-can-be-religious.html
Maybe the changed meaning is largely due to the way that the word bandana is spelled?.  One “N”? Or, two “N’s”? Religion? Or, Fact?. We all know that the African women hair was considered pubescent in looks and offensive to the slave owners. So slave’s women as property were forced to wear head coverings. No! It was not a choice in slavery matters #smh.  So I decided to do more investigation about the bandana because it seems to elude me very little history just seems like internet stuff on the pages about bandanas. I even went to the library and there was nothing to be found on the topic. The Jewish women head were shaved and then forced to wear head coverings. No! “It was not a choice in slavery matters #smh”. So I thought to look at the prints which were cheaper to reproduce than interwoven into the fabric. A bandana has been around for years. Yet, I still feel like there are missing pieces to the bandana puzzle. The Paisley print is on the bandana it to have managed to stand the test of time in the fashion industry. The pattern has been in history for over 200 years. Lately, I have been dealing with a problematic area in one spot on my scalp, finally, my doctor figured it out, and  “I am free” of something that was once considered chronic. I am not going to talk about in this blog but I will be sharing it with the world on another blog.  Therefore, before leaving the house I slapped on a black and white bandana, and I thought to myself how would I design a bandana that is befitting to everyone, everything, and nothing all at the same time? What would that bandana look like? How would it make a social impact in today’s world? So when I returned back home I decided to let “Lazy Bunny” wear my bandana. CTA Call to Artist.

Categories: African, Art, Call To Artist, Cowboys, fashion, Jewish, louisiana, New Orleans, Social

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