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Bandana (Switzerland), 20th century

This is a Bandana. It is dated 20th century and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed by engraved roller on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.



Bandanas, like the paisley motif they commonly feature, can be traced back to India. Indian tie-dyed silk scarves were the inspiration for the patterned handkerchiefs that later became symbolic of the American West.

This object was donated by Penelope McCain. It is credited Gift of Penelope McCain.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 54.6 x 58.4 cm (21 1/2 x 23 in.)

Cite this object as

Bandana (Switzerland), 20th century; cotton; H x W: 54.6 x 58.4 cm (21 1/2 x 23 in.); Gift of Penelope McCain; 1986-40-32

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.

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