It's been several years ago that I woven bandanas, but it was fun and I thought I would share the details since I happen to think they are as practical today as there were in past years. And, handwoven bandanas will last a lot longer than the flimsy cotton ones imported from wherever they come from these days.
It started with a profile draft. I played around until I found something that looked bandana like. These were going to be woven substituting a 2/1 twill for each of the blocks, making it an 18 shaft weave.
|profile draft for bandana|
I had lots of 16/2 unmercerized cotton, so I wound a 9 yard warp, 30" wide and sett at 30epi. For each bandana, I varied the treadling sequence and since the warp was red, sometimes I used white, natural, black or navy for the weft. It resulted in 10 bandanas and I made a note that I should have used a basketweave selvedge since I had enough shafts to do that. As a result of a not so perfect selvedge, the bandanas were hemmed on all four sides.
I've given away some to special friends who love to hike - one to a gardening daughter and kept one for myself. I still have some to share with my handwoven loving customers. I hope they will enjoy using them or giving them to outdoor folks - who sometimes need a bandana!
I thought that this Wikapedia entry was interesting about the origins of the bandanna - bandana or kerchief. Whatever you want to call them or however you want to spell them, they are fun to wear.