This handsome sterling silver overlay bolo tie on braided leather with unique tapered tips by Vidal Aragon is a must-have accessory for anyone who cherishes the artists precious work. Known for inventing storyteller jewelry, this piece exhibits an intricate, symbolic composition and 14k gold sun on bolo and continuing the tale down to the expressive tips with swirl dangles. The stories spoken through his work depict representations of mother nature and Pueblo life. Hand carving these designs with a saw blade into a strip of silver he would then solder them over an oxidized underlay to bring illumination the imagery.
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1 3/4″ length of bolo
1 3/8″ width of bolo
39″ braided leather
In the United States, bolo ties are widely associated with Western wear and are generally most common in the western areas of the country. Bolo tie slides and tips in silver have been part of Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and Puebloan silversmithing traditions since the mid-20th century.
Navajo jewelry on a bolo tie The bolo tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. New Mexico passed a non-binding measure to designate the bolo as the state’s official neckwear in 1987. On March 13, 2007, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed into law that the bolo tie was the state’s official tie. Also in 2007, the bolo tie was named the official tie of Texas.
In the United Kingdom, bolo ties are known as bootlace ties. They were popular with 1950s Teddy Boys, who wore them with drape suits.
Bolo ties became fashionable in the 1980s with rockabilly revivalists and new wavers. The bolo tie returned as a popular fashion accessory in the fall of 1988 when male Hollywood stars[example needed] would be frequently found wearing them. Chain stores like Jeanswest and Merry-Go-Round sold multiple choices for all occasions.
During the 1980s and 1990s bolo ties, some elegant and expensive, were sold in Japan, Korea, and China. Some had fancy, hand-made cords and unusual tips. Sales overseas skyrocketed post-1970s; this was due to the overflow from the United States, where it had fallen out of fashion in the 1980s.
During the 2013 NFL season, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers captured media attention for his frequent use of bolo ties. He was noted wearing it again after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2013–14 NFL playoffs.