This bandana is:
- 100% Japanese cotton
- Made in the USA
- Printed using eco-friendly, water-based ink
- LIMITED EDITION! once they are sold out, they are never printed again
- Folded & hemmed on three sides, with a fourth being a traditional selvage edge. Just like they used to do! **See sidebar for more info on this unique type of edge!**
Meet our artist for February, Zaine Vaun! (@zaine.vaun) Zaine is an illustrator, graphic designer and artist in Austin, Texas. She finds inspiration in the beauty of the natural world and feelings of nostalgia. Her brightly colorful work embodies an energetic optimism and an authentic, straightforward voice.
A few words from the artist:
My work lives on the edge between traditional and contemporary. Heavily influenced by mid-1900’s commercial art, I explore simplicity in shape and boldness in color. I strive to embrace the beauty of imperfections that connect humanity. Constantly inspired by the depthless beauty of wildlife and nature, I use the natural world as design inspiration and material use. My mediums vary from gouache to digital, and even into textiles and clay. I focus on simplicity and personal truth, rough textures, and an evocative color palette. I create works of art that instill calmness and a sense of timeless significance.
February 2022 bandana by Zaine Vaun
A selvage's main purpose is to prevent unraveling or fraying, which makes a fabric stable and secure. Some fabrics come with frayed edges for aesthetic purposes. A selvage's self-finished edge makes sure that this fraying won't come undone and affect or damage the rest of your fabric.
Find a more detailed history of the bandana here. One of our favorite passages from this history...
As a minimum, you can expect bandanas to be 100% cotton... Some of the best makers offer selvedge bandanas, which have a barely noticeable selvedge line on one or two edges. The edges that are not selvedge will be folded and stitched.
One of the few places you can check the quality of the work is the corners. Has it been stitched together hastily, or is it clean and precise work? If you’re paying for well-made, it’s fair to expect nothing short of perfection.
Hand feel is an excellent guide here. If you like the look of the bandana, pick it up and rub the material between your fingers. Is it soft and supple? That’s a sure sign that the maker has gone out of their way to source top-grade cotton for their bandana. If it feels crisp or papery, mosey on to the next one.
Some well-made bandanas are deeply saturated in colour and could block out the sun on a cloudless day. Others are given a gentler dye treatment and are almost transparent. One isn’t better than the other, it’s just a matter of the maker’s purpose and your preference.
Finally, a well-made bandana, when unfolded and laid flat, should communicate something to you. It might tell a story, or it might evoke some far-away time and place or something nearer and dearer.
Great makers produce bandanas with this kind of intention. The bandana is their canvas, and, like all artists, they want their story to be understood and their work to be appreciated.