The bandana is an accessory adopted from India, considered practically Mexican, which we can even see in regional costumes such as the attire of the man from the State of Veracruz.
It is almost a "square", it actually measures 60 x 58 cm. They were originally made of cotton, hand-stamped with bacteria or amoebae, also known as paisleys: in yellow with a red background and outlined in black. These paisleys are stylizations of the seal that the artisans of Calcutta and Kashmir printed on the fabrics with the side of the hand cuffs.
It is well known that thanks to the Nao China, an infinity of textiles arrived at the Mexican Pacific ports such as Acapulco, both garments and rolls of fabrics: silks, linens, cottons, the rebozo, the Manila shawl and among them the adored Paliacate .
Coming from the mystical and textile industry India, from a port called Puilcat, named after the Portuguese and which no longer exists today. But that at that time in New Spain they called them "Pulicat cloths" with time it was called bandana.
Another theory of the origin of the name is that it comes from a miscegenation of the apocope "for him" pronouncing pal and from the Nahuatl word yacatl which means nose, naming it after the use they gave it palyacatl that is to say "for the nose." Later it was Spanishized as Palliate.
Some "influencers" with the bandana.
Emiliano Zapata, who was very careful with his outfit, wore a bandana tied around his neck like Diego Rivera combined with his famous denim overalls, of whom there is a complete collection that has even been exhibited. Axel Rose puts it on his forehead tied "bandana" style and Bret Michaeles who has even seen bandanas dyed over the print. It is undoubtedly an accent to anyone's outfit.
The bandanas and me.
I remember that an extremely dear friend of the family developed a set of placemats and napkins, with the typical design of the bandana, hand-printed in serigraphy, with an impeccable register of paisleys, in which I had breakfast for many years of my life, positively affecting my unconscious.
An obviously silk bandana, just like "for the nose."
I paint outdoors and when I lived in Mexico City, in the cold seasons I breathed through my silk scarf. The air I inhaled felt warm and that helped keep my seasonal allergy from getting upset. I kept it around my neck all day and was like that everywhere.
Who who wears bandana, goes unnoticed?
I thought the size was fantastic so I took on the task of painting pieces of silk of this wise size. He wore it all day, either "for the nose" or tied around the neck. I wear whatever I wear, combined or not. Of course it was striking that, on second thought, from an early age it became a symbol of my outfit.
I have to say that my insistent mom taught me to use it. Since high school I used a "little scarf" on the neck, which obviously few did and so I was used to being asked "why do you come so elegant?" It was one of the few things that my mom and I agreed on as far as fashion is concerned and to be more specific, regarding my personal fashion that is my style, so using it came very natural to me.
Later I realized that my clients consistently told me that they "felt weird" to use it the way I did and preferred to frame it. I liked the idea. Meanwhile, he continued painting.
My production of Paliacates de Seda increased, thanks to a limited edition, commissioned by the government of the State of Morelos, with the image of "something" very representative.
This project led me to design a collage to present to my client the proposals that had occurred to me.
And from here came the idea of two historical figures who coincidentally (because I really did not plan it) carry a tied bandana among their accessories: Emiliano Zapata who wears it around his neck and José Mária Morelos and Pavón who ties it on his head. Creating two limited editions of Paliacates de Seda with both characters.
For a third edition they asked me to reproduce the Zapata in four color variants:
The loose sketch-style image includes some of the signature accessories of this revolutionary hero. Hat, mustaches, bandana and belt, are what I manage to capture in this piece. I liked it so much that I have done other editions, which have led me to dabble in the plastic arts always painting on silk.
Zapata Silk Paliacate managed to inspire one of my clients, who with a photo in hand spoke the following words: “I want this Zapata but with your colors”And here begins the revelation of my true intentions.