Braided Leather Bolo Cords
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"A braided black leather cord can really
set off certain bolos, like the stamped sterling silver concho shown at left (concho
not included). The cords have sterling silver ends and the braided leather holds
a nice even shape on your neck and is very comfortable to wear."
Black Leather Bolo Cords
(4mm) diameter leather cord. Sterling silver tips.
is a Bolo Tie?
bolo tie, also called a shoestring necklace or simply a bola, can
be thought of as a Western necktie. A bolo tie can range from an inexpensive string
tie to an elaborate sterling silver and leather affair. Maybe your younger
brother had one of those string ties that he wore with his cowboy hat and cap
A bolo has three parts:
- The cord that goes around the neck is called the lariat. It
is traditionally braided from leather, and most commonly black leather. The lariat
can also be made from woven cord, thus the term string tie.
- The ends of the lariat are finished off with tips.
The tips can be made of sterling silver, copper or other metals. They can be machine
made tips or hand made tips.
- And finally
we get to the Pièce de résistance which means the focal point, the
best part or feature, the artistic creation for which the other portions exist
! The slide. The slide is a decorative feature that, as
its name indicates, slides up and down on the lariat. The slide can be worn up
at the neck in the same position as a necktie knot (formal) or down lower for
a more casual effect. Slides can vary as widely as the artists
imagination and can utilize many materials.
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