WHY WEAR A SILK SCARF/WILD RAG?
The scarf performs many functions for the cowboy. It is often pulled over the nose and mouth to cut down the choking effects of trail dust. It is employed as a cover for a spooked horses eyes. Also used as a hobble, as a hat tie down in windy weather, as a washcloth and towel, as a bandage, tourniquet, napkin, water filter, pot holder, flag, and temporary repair for saddle or bridle.
For nearly 5000 years silk has been sought after because it is naturally warm, breathable, insulates and is lightweight. Silk is an ideal fiber worn next to the body. Silk (unlike polyesters) wicks away moisture while keeping the body warm and dry, making it one of the most absorbent of the natural fibers. It is warmer than wool. Gets softer with wear.