Bandanna Timeline

The word English word "bandanna" comes from the Portuguese word for the Hindi word Bandhnn, which is a method of tie-dyeing.
Bandannas have usually been made of cotton (cambric).
Originally dyed "Turkey red", with simple white patterns discharged with a bleaching liquor.

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1700

Glasgow Turkey red manufacturers export cambric cotton textiles to the American colonies.

1700
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1800

Mass Production of Bandannas
The Turkey red dye process is simplified through the Papillon process.

1800
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1820

By 1802 Henry Monteith and Co. begin manufacturing Turkey red bandannas in Glasgow, Scotland using simple designs.

The early designs were pictorial. Little by little, bandannas began to become more familiar to the designs common today. Abstract motifs started to develop.

1802
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1869

Alizarin or “turkey red” becomes the first pigment to be synthesized.

1869
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1887

The Textile Manufacturers’ Directory of the United States lists 5 companies producing Turkey red products. One of the major firms, Clyde Bleachery and Print Works, was located in Rhode Island.

American printing and dyeing companies increase drastically. American companies could produce enough cotton products that the Scottish manufacturers couldn’t compete.

1887
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1913

Davis and Catterall Inc. register the Elephant Brand logo January 13, 1913.

1913
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1940

The famous brands emerge. Levi’s, Lee, Wrangler etc, Brand OEM business begins.

1940
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1949

The Elephant Brand logo changes to trunk up.

Theory : This makes the elephant more clear and easier to distinguish the brand.

1949
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1950

Elephant Brand

The patterns and the use became more variegated. OEM companies started their original brand. Hundreds and hundreds of pattern and color variation were manufactured.

FAST COLOR logo font variation.

The "Elephant mark" appears, though sometimes there are tigers, and camels. There is no clear connection between these marks. Panther, leaf, dragon fly, shell, exist as well.
Fast Color means, permanent colors that won’t transfer onto other fabrics. In addition, this serves as a guarantee against washing and sunlight fading.

1950
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1970

End of the long history.
Only a few printing companies are left. Made in the USA bandanas begin to disappear.

1970
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1970-1980

The "CRAFTED WITH PRIDE IN AMERICA" logo appears. This was an awareness campaign started in 1984.

1970-1980
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