called a Four-Square Buckaroo Knot
in the Great Basin country of Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon have always
worn “wild rags” or neckerchiefs to keep out the cold winds.
Buckaroos prefer their wild rags to be 30”x 30” or 34”x
34” or even larger silk squares.
The scarves come in all colors and patterns.
Wild rags are most often made of real silk because silk is the most
absorbent of all natural fibers and naturally wicks away moisture.
It is warmer than wool in the winter and softens with wear.
"Cowboy Bob" Lemen from Minnesota
cautions about knotted scarves: "It makes a very pretty knot,
but should never, ever, be worn in an actual 'cowboy'
situation!" His point being any hard knot will not loosen
and if a rider is "hung-up" by the scarf on a saddle horn or
other piece of equipment, they could choke to death. The
same goes for any gear that a rider wears or has on their
saddle. Always be aware of the very real danger of being
hung up and of being dragged.
tie the wild rag in traditional buckaroo style use the following