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Spotlight on History: The Origins of the Paisley Print

Paisley bandana

The paisley design looks like a teardrop with a curve at the top

One of the most famous prints printed on bandanas is the paisley print

 

The paisley design looks like a teardrop with a curve at the top. The design originates in India and was brought to Europe and America in the 18th and 19th century. Most notable were the paisley scarves brought in by the East India Company. However, the design only got its name when it started being mass-produced in the large Scottish textile town of…you got it… Paisley!

 

The paisley print went in and out of fashion for the next couple of decades and made its big comeback in the 1960s in the U.S. In the 1960s multi-cultural looks were the rage and the paisley pattern was back in its full glory. John Lennon or Beatles fame even had one printed on his Rolls Royce!

 

Nowdays, some of the more common items that have the paisley print are handbags, skirts, paisley sunvisors, paisley wallets, ties and of course the bandana! Paisley bandanas can come as squares, triangles, or in their pre-tied bandana head band version.

 

So go ahead – it’s not just for the summer! The paisley print will carry you all through the year with its rich history and classic look!

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Spotlight on History: The origins of the Bandana

Bandana

bandanas are used more as a fashion statement for tying back hair

Bandanas. You see them all over, that versatile little square of cloth. Where did the bandanna originate? And how did they grow in their popularity?

Bandanas have been around for over 200 years. Their popular function was a handkerchief (in pre-Kleenex days) or worn around the head or neck to keep dust out of the eyes and sweat off the neck and out of the collar. The word bandana comes from the Hindu word bndhn which is  a process used to dye small pieces of cloth.

 

At the end of the 1700s, with the British controlling the large landmass known as America, the colonists were thirsting for independence. In an effort to control the colonists, the British imposed a ban on printing.

It was at that time of political struggle that Martha Washington was on her way to visit her husband George when she stopped off in Philadelphia. She wanted to bring George Washington a gift and upon recommendation of Benjamin Franklin, she asked John Hewston, a printmaker to print a bandana a picture of George alongside military flags and cannons. Although it was illegal, John complied.

 

When the war was over, that bandana was reprinted for the masses and so was the first souvenir bandana created!

Many other politicians started printing their pictures and slogans on bandanas as well. Bandanas were also printed for war heroes, sports stars and were used during WWI and WWII to promote patriotism. They were also used as a marketing tool for companies. For example in the 1920s Kellogg’s put a bandana into their boxes of cereal with instructions how to sew it into a stuffed animal!

 

Part of the reason bandanas took off so well, is that they easily absorbed the same ink used for printing paper (both were made from cotton) and fit on the printing press.

 

While bandanas were valued in the past for their protective benefits, nowadays, bandanas are used more as a fashion statement for tying back hair, to add to an outfit to spice it up or many other uses. So next time you tie a bandana around your head, keep in mind its rich history!

Camo, Camo, read all about it – Army Print is the Raid this Season!

cap-army-allFor those of you who are not yet aware, the Army print is definitely the raid this season – people are going crazy for it! Take a look around and you’ll see it on children’s clothing, accessories school bags and more as well as on Women’s head covers, clothing, handbags and of course the list goes on. The reason of course is that it is bold, original and a new look.

Have you ever wondered why this camouflage print stands for the army? How come the military uniform is made up of this camouflage print? The answer is simple. When soldiers are at war or carrying out a specific task they don’t want people to see them. Therefore, they wear a uniform with a camouflage print so that they won’t be noticed and kind of just blend in with the scenery, which is why the print is made up of earth tones such as greens, browns and tans. Over time this camouflage print was improved time and time again for the ultimate camouflage look.

Of course, when we take this army print to our head covers and accessories we only take the print not the camouflage colors because we have nothing to hide and are not looking to look like the trees or earth around us. You can find the camouflage print on Soft Wide Head wraps or caps in Pink, Blue, Orange and more! So go ahead and try the new look – you’ll love it!

Head Coverings and Hair Accessories – Keep COOL on a HOT Summer Outing!

Baby with sun hat

Make sure you and your kids are fully protected by the sun.

Thinking of doing some awesome sports this summer such as hiking and biking? Plan ahead and make sure to take along head coverings and accessories to ensure you and your kids will be as comfortable as possible. Of course, when purchasing head covers and hair accessories for outdoor sports there are lots of things to look out for. Below is a guide and more information you’ll need to know before getting the perfect hair accessories for your trip.

–          When spending time in the sun it is very important to make sure that your face and your children’s faces are fully protected by the sun. Look for a lightweight head covering with a visor such as a Sun Cap, Pre-tied head scarf with a visor or simply a Sun Visor that has a Velcro in the back of your head and keep safe at all times.

–          Do you have any sort of front bang? Having hair in your face on a hot summer day can be really uncomfortable and make you feel really hot so you definitely don’t want to forget some bobby pins. Bobby pins are one of the most ideal ways to keep your bangs up when they are in your face. In addition, another great option is a head band or soft wide head wrap. These hair accessories will definitely keep you cool and stylish on your outings

–          Being outdoors, especially when the sun is strong, makes you feel really hot and uncomfortable? Opt for keeping your hair up with strong and durable pony holders. Looking for something funky and summery? Try wearing a Scrunchie pony holder which will keep you cool and prevent pony marks

–          Prefer wearing your hair down? Keep a Jaw clip in your back pocket for emergencies. A jaw clip will allow you to leave your hair down yet still have some hair up which will keep less hair off your neck and keep you cool.

–          We all know how knotty hair can get when doing summer sports. Don’t forget your pocket brush with a mirror so you can keep on making sure you look great anytime and anywhere!

Once you have your hair accessories and head covers packed and ready for your trip you are good to go! So have fun, keep cool and look good this summer no matter where you are and what it is you are doing!

Top 5 Hair Styles Topped with Stylish Hair Accessories for Hot Summer Days!

Topsey Pony Tail

1. Looking for something different and original to do in your hair? Try making (what I like to call) a Topsy!

First thing first. ALWAYS carry a ponytail holder with you in the summer. Whether you’re going to the park, the beach, on an outing or anywhere outdoors for that matter, the second you get too hot, sweaty or itchy all you gotta do is slip it out and tie your hair up and out of the way. Never underestimate the power of a Pony Holder, it may be small but it is definitely one of the most practical hair accessories I know of.

1. Looking for something different and original to do in your hair? Try making (what I like to call) a Topsy! Tie your hair into a pony tail with a pony holder. Then, right above the pony holder, make a little hole by dividing your hair down the middle and separating it. Now, take your pony tail and put it over and in the separation you just made. Tighten your pony holder for a secure fit. This pony with a twist is a great hair style to do on your little one, your big one or yourself!

2. For a Hawaiian, beach and summery look, put your hair in a low side bun. If you’d like to have some hair in your face, take out a few strands of hair from here and there for a chilled, natural look. Then, take a big colorful and summery flower hair clip and put it right above your bun. Wow! So fresh and easy!

3. Rolled out of bed with a bad hair day? Can’t seem to tame your frizzy hair in the humidity? Consider wearing a hot and stylish summer cap! By wearing a cap in the summer, not only do you look fashionable but you are actually protecting your face form getting sunburned at the same time!

4. If you haven’t got yourself a soft wide head wrap yet –NOW’S THE TIME!! Headwrap headbands are the hottest hair accessory this summer! Wear it as a partial head cover, a thin head band, over a fall wig and much more! Buy one simple hair accessory and keep on wearing it in different ways. What’s nice about a soft wide head wrap hair band is that it allows you to leave your hair down in the summer and still keep cool- definitely the best of both worlds!

5. Looking for a hairstyle that you won’t have to be busy with all day? Tie your hair into a neat French braid and put a bow at the end! Make sure to tie it secure so that it’ll last you all day long. This is a great hair style especially for little kids who run around all day and can’t stand to have hair on their face or neck.

Hope these tips were helpful! Any more suggestions? We’d love to hear!

The Herringbone Print- Yes, It’s Herring as in Fish!!

Now that you know all about the stylish and fashionable Chevron Print – thought I’d introduce another similar print which is definitely making its way up in fashion. It’s called the Herringbone Pattern and yes it’s Herring as in fish! The reason why it got that name is simply because the pattern resembles the skeleton of a fish, specifically the one of a Herring.  The Herringbone print can actually be easily mistaken for the Chevron print since they both give off the zig-zag look or effect. However, once you take a closer look you will clearly see that they are made differently.

The Chevron prints’ zig-zag is made of 2 rectangles of the same exact size cut at a precise angle and placed together point to point to form a zig zag line. The Herringbone print is made of 2 rectangles of the same exact size as well but are not cut anywhere to form a zig-zag line. Instead, these rectangles are placed short side to one end of the long side and then repeated again and again.

The herringbone print was developed during the Roman Empire for construction techniques (landscaping, etc.) and was actually called Opus spicatum, or “spiked work.” However, after the fall of the Roman Empire, many of the fundamental construction techniques got lost and forgotten. The Herringbone print came back around during the Renaissance in Europe but this time it was big in Architecture. Today, Herringbone can be found in areas of design such as pavement, floors, tiles, textiles and of course clothing.

The pattern can often be found on close inspection of tailored wool garments such as jackets and coats. It is usually made with a thick fabric such as Twill and Tweed. However, lots of clothing, head covers, accessories and more have the Herringbone Pattern simply printed on it. For example, this Dacee Designs head wrap has the herringbone pattern simply printed on it instead of the fabric actually sewn together to form the print and it makes the perfect hair accessory to hold back your hair in these hot summer months!

So as you can tell, the Herringbone print is a really complex pattern or design which makes it all that much cooler to have! Look out for our Blog next week on how to braid your hair like a Herringbone- FISH TAIL BRAID!!

Got the Chevron Fever Yet?! Get ALL the Scoop on Chevron Print Here

Chevron is everywhere!

Chevron is everywhere!

Chevron. For some reason it’s literally everywhere and people are really going crazy for it. For those of you who don’t know what chevron is, it’s basically a zig-zag design made of inverted v’s. It is generally a combination of 2 colors and for some reason white is usually one of the 2 colors but of course, any color combination is possible. I’m not exactly sure what’s getting everyone excited about it. Maybe because it’s fresh and new or perhaps the v design is slimming, but it’s definitely got everyone hooked on!

The Chevron print has actually been around since the 1800’s. It was a design used for engraving in pottery and sculptures. Later on, this symbol has actually been used in flags and on badges for military personnel (the more chevron symbols they had on their badge the higher the ranking in the military).

More recently, the brand name Missoni was created by Tai and Rosita Missoni in 1953. They reached the heights of the fashion world sometime in the 70’s and were known for their sharp geometric patterns – Chevron being one of their most famous patterns. So just like the Burberry plaid design stands for Burberry, the Chevron design kind of stood for Missoni. The Chevron design was only seen on Missoni Designer wear and no one dared to copy them and use that pattern. Later, they decided to make a cheaper and more affordable line for Target in September 2011 which made this chevron print accessible to all.

Now that you know where this Chevron fad stemmed and how “cool” it is go ahead and treat yourself to the most fashionable, trendy and HOT print this season! Wear it on a head wrap, head scarf, scrunchy or any other hair accessory out there and you’ll be sure to make a fashion statement.