A bolo is a type of necktie
symbolic of the American West
. It usually consists of a braided leather
cord with metal tips or other ornaments at its ends, and a decorative brooch
which holds the cord together around the neck. Most clasps are decorative, and many include stones associated with Southwestern art, such as turquoise
. The ends of the cord hang down below the clasp like the ends of a regular necktie.
It was invented in the Arizona city of Wickenburg, and in 1971 the legislature adopted it as the official State Neckwear. Also spelled bola.