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Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry
The bolo tie, also called a string tie, is a Western necktie consisting of a piece of cord or braided leather with an ornamental clasp. Native American artisans in the Southwest began producing bolo ties in the mid-twentieth century in response to tourist demand for finely crafted Native American jewelry.
Paperback, 155 pages
Published November 16th 2011 by Museum of New Mexico Press
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By delving into the history and origin of bolo ties made by American Indian silversmiths, Pardue and Sandfield also reveal a truth of Indian silversmithing - that the artists adapt their skills to whatever form or function their customers require. Lovely and plentiful photographs portray the magnificent artistry that evolved from simple scarf slides. Excellent original research with fine examples of vintage bolos to illustrate the text make this a welcome addition to the knowledge of American In ...more