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Behind the Scenes : Bandannas

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While working on the bandannas story with the collecting department (for the July issue of Living), I learned that this humble cloth has quite a history. Made famous by Martha Washington, and popularized by cowboys and rock-n-rollers, the bandanna has become a symbol of Americana.

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A bandanna's border can be a telltale sign of its age.

1 A bandanna's border can be a telltale sign of its age.

Older ones have small dots, squares, or mixed patterns,

2 Older ones have small dots, squares, or mixed patterns,

while newer ones often have paisleys and curlicues.

3 while newer ones often have paisleys and curlicues.

Hand-rolled edges can also signify a vintage piece.

4 Hand-rolled edges can also signify a vintage piece.

Using only indigo-blue ones, we found many ways to feature vintage and new bandannas.

This was also my first shoot featuring animals. It was interesting to see what a difference they made in the picture, even if it did take a little wrangling.

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These artfully displayed bandannas already made a beautiful picture.

1 These artfully displayed bandannas already made a beautiful picture.

Here's Lucy, making herself comfortable on set.

2 Here's Lucy, making herself comfortable on set.

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The final selection.

6 The final selection.

It can be difficult to stay put...

7 It can be difficult to stay put...

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...until you find the perfect spot.

11 ...until you find the perfect spot.

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