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 and leather affair. Maybe your younger brother had one
of those string ties that he wore with his cowboy hat and cap guns ??!!
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 , copper or other
metals. They can be machine made tips or hand made tips.
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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