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A wild rag is a cowboy or Western scarf.

It's usually a point of cowboy or cowgirl pride to secure a wild rag around their neck by a scarf slide they're fond of, or some type of fashionable knot.

In the article and photos below we'll show you how to tie one kind of wild rag knot.

Below: A wild rag knot.

Tie a wild rag knot - finished knot

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NOTE: Please keep in mind that a knot in a wild rag can hold tight when accidentally caught on something, making it potentially dangerous. That's why some working cowboys and cowgirls only use a scarf slide when they're working, but when they go to town they might use a slide or a knot.

Tie A Wild Rag Knot

A few notes about the photos below:

Step One

Fold your wild rag into a triangular shape and put it around your neck. You can have the point of the triangle in the front or the back, it's your choice, but make sure the ends or tails of the wild rag wind up in front, one on each side of your neck.

A wild rag in need of a scarf slide or a knot


From this point forward we used two different wild rags, a blue one and a red one, to tie the knot in the photos. Tip: So that the ends of the tails are even when the knot is completed, begin with the right (red) side of the wild rag hanging down a little farther than the left (blue) side.

Begin tying the wild rag knot with the tails of the wild rag at your front

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Step Two

To begin tying the knot, temporarily let go of the right (red) side.

Pick up the tail on the left (blue) side of the wild rag with your right hand, and wrap it around the first two fingers of your left hand. Make one complete wrap.

Wrap the wild rag around your fingers


Step Three

Close the fingers of your left hand around the tail of the wild rag tight enough to hold it in place, then let go of the tail with your right hand.

Close your fingers around the wrap

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Wild Rag Care

Many wild rags are made of silk. Silk is a natural fiber that offers many benefits is a wild rag, but it can be somewhat temperamental to care for. For tips on how to care for a silk wild rag, please see our article How To Care For A Silk Wild Rag.

Looking for a wild rag? You can shop for wild rags here.


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