Thursday, September 16, 2010

Last Post

No, not the last post, really. The Bandanas!-Blog has moved to a new page, under a new name:

Hope to see you there soon!

Still seeing Red in Stavropol in 2010

A boy wearing a red neckerchief, the symbol of the young Pioneer organization, smiles in front of a monument to Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin during the inauguration ceremony of newly adopted members of the movement on the day of its anniversary in Russia's southern city of Stavropol May 19, 2010.
Extract of this article in the C.S. Monitor

Monday, September 13, 2010

Becoming a Jungmaedel

From the 1940 Youth Leadership pamphlet for new members of the Jungmaedel, "The Jungmaedel Service":
The neckerchief and leather knot are always worn with your blouse. The neckerchief is a black triangle that is folded until only a small corner of about three fingers shows from underneath the collar in the back. Your leader will teach you how to fold the neckerchief. The leather knot is natural brown in color. It's used to hold the neckerchief.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Anarchist Neckerchief through this Blog!

Various schools within the anarchist movement have adopted their own flags, colours and neckerchiefs. These flags are bisected diagonally with the right half in black for anarchy and the left half in a color representing each school's ideas. These color templates are also extended to five-pointed stars representing the same schools.

The red-and-black flag is the symbol of the anarcho-syndicalist and anarcho-communist movements. Black is the traditional color of anarchism, and red is the traditional color of socialism. The red-and-black flag combines the two colors in equal parts, with a simple diagonal split. Typically, the red section is placed on the top-left corner, with the black on the bottom-right corner of the flag. This symbolizes the co-existence of anarchist and socialist ideals within the anarcho-syndicalism movement, and to symbolize the more socialistic means of the movement leading to a more anarchistic end.
The colours became best known during the Spanish Civil War, with members of the CNT and other anarchist movements adopted them for their flags, neckerchiefs and hats. Some beautiful pictures of the use of this neckerchief can be seen in the movie Libertarias, a  must-see for anyone interested in the Spanish Civil War, Anarchism and the history of Socialism and Communism. 

Now available through this site:

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Red Youth

No, the following article on is not from the pre-1990's Soviet Union, but this year's May. They are still around, the Red Youth with their trademark neckers.
The head of Russia's Communist Party congratulated about 3,000Moscow kids who signed up for the Pioneer Movement Sunday in a ceremony at Lenin's mausoleum.
Vladimir Zyuganov told the youngsters that donning the movement's trademark red neckerchief signified they had "taken on the responsibility of fulfilling the best traditions of our great Soviet nation."
"I congratulate you, thank you for this responsible step, and hope that you will, with honor, declare your loyalty to the red banner," Zyuganov said.
The new Pioneers responded by chanting movement slogans, laying flowers in honor of Lenin and posing for photos with Zyuganov.
Soviet youth at the door par art.crazedMay 19 was celebrated as Pioneer Day in the USSR, but is no longer an official holiday inRussia.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Subcomandante Marcos

Subcomandante Marcos (Date of birth unknown), is the spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a Mexican rebel movement. In January 1994, he led an army of Mayan farmers into the eastern parts of the Mexican state of Chiapas in protest of the Mexican government's treatment of indigenous peoples.
Marcos is an author, political poet, adroit humorist, and outspoken opponent of capitalism. Marcos has advocated having the Mexican constitution amended to recognize the rights of the country's indigenous inhabitants. The internationally known guerrillero has been described as a "new" and "postmodern" Che Guevara.

The nom de guerre "Marcos" is the name of a friend killed at a military road checkpoint. He is known as Delegado Cero (Delegate Zero) in matters concerning the Other Campaign. He is only seen wearing a balaclava, a bandana around his neck and a pipe in his mouth. 
His true identity remains unknown.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ché Guevara

A blog on bandanas may not be the best possible forum to discuss politics, but it does amaze me time and time again how people adore this symbol of rebellion and revolution; not the under privileged, but very much the wealthy, hip and chic (that are so much what Ché fought against).
Yes, Ché was in many ways an admirable man, a tireless revolutionary with great ideas and a much needed initiator of social reform, but at the same time he was, and became more and more so, a totalitarian, a murderer, the founder of Cuba's notorious labor camps, a strict censor of writing and music and head of a firing squad – eliminating his political enemies.
A member of Red Youth Vanguard leftist political party with his face wrapped in a bandana sporting a portrait of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, takes part in a 2004 rally in Moscow. Hundreds of protesters gathered to mark the anniversary of the 'pro-communist coup d'etat of 1993'. 

Much has been written, sung and filmed about Ché, pro and contra and even more can be found on the web.
One interesting article on the commercialization of Ché's image can be found here; and more specifically on the famous photo that adorns bandanas, upper arms & breasts, baseball caps, knickers, toilet paper and bikini briefs.