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Vaquero Quality Horsehair Hat Bands. The Vaquero, or Spanish Mexican cowboy, was considered a highly skilled worker and was the first to use horsehair to braid hat bands.
Horse hair hat bands and jewelry are a beautiful and tasteful embellishment.
It can be a meaningful present for horse-lovers.
Horse hair is the long, coarse hair growing on the manes and tails of horses. The longer tail hair is mostly used for belts and necklaces while the shorter finer mane hair is used for bracelets and other jewelry. My research indicates the first use of horse hair was by the Spanish in the 8th century as a textile. One historic use was for gloves commonly used for fishing in the medieval age leading up to the 17th century in cold climates. Gloves woven from horse hair fibers were a very popular option in cold climates because horse hair is a very good insulator and also has a natural oil and rigid structure that allows them to be woven tightly and remain water proof and warm. Hair braiding dates back to the first dynasty of Pharaoh Menes. Ancient Egyptian sources describe Libyan men with long hair, braided and beaded. The art of braiding has mostly survived by western prison inmate hobbyists making reins, belts, bracelets, earrings, hat bands and barrettes. Horse hair jewelry gives its wearers an earthy, rustic look.
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