Arizona’s official state neckwear is making a loud comeback. The bolo tie, a signature Western accessory, gained popularity in the 1940s as a personalized neck piece for men and was worn by Western icons including Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy, and Roy Rogers.
Bolo ties were also known for exhibiting a variety of details and unique touches often added by American Indian artists who viewed the ties as expressions of individuality and ingenuity. The fashion statement is at the forefront of The Heard Museum's “Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary” exhibition, which runs through September 2012.
On display are more than 170 bolo ties from the Heard's permanent collection and more than 1,000 bolo ties, scarf slides, and ephemera from Norman L. Sandfield's personal collection.