The Very first Cowboy wild rags were worn for warmth in cold temperatures, and for protection from sun, wind, and dirt anytime. In many regions wild rags are a standard part of cowboy dress whether it be for work or social occasions. Wild rags come in a wide variety of COLORS, sizes, and fabrics, with silk and polyester being some of the most popular fabric choices. Wild Rags date back as far as the mid 1800s. Cowboys were known to use old flour sacks cut into squares to wear as a wild rag when fabric such as a cotton was either too expensive are hard to come by while living on the range.
Some of the many uses for a wild rag include:
- Protection from the elements
- Warmth in cold weather
- Sun protection in tropical environments or warm seasons
- A Potholder by the campfire
- Strain drinking water
- Temporary saddle rigging or a rope
- Wipe the sweat and dirt off
- Arm sling, tourniquet or bandage (for man or beast)
- Flagging a race
- Nose blower
How to Care for your Wild Rag
To clean your wild rag, wash it in cold water either by hand or in a washing machine on delicate cycle. Do not use bleach when washing, only use mild laundry detergent or hand soap. Hang dry and then press with a warm steam iron set at or below the silk setting. The more you wear your silk wild rag scarf, the softer it will get.