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Just Hanging-Out With Tassels

Kenneth Avery is a Southern humorist with well over a thousand fans. The charm and wit in his writing span a nearly a decade.


There they hang. But not from a tree in any jungle. Although they do not make a loud, verbal noise to garner attraction, they do not need to. Tassels do well just hanging around. To be very candid, tassels are very important. Can you imagine if you lived in the 1940’s and 50’s and watched a stripper, or burlesque dancer shake and shimmy WITHOUT tassels? Boring, right? If I had lived in these era’s, I would have walked-out of the gentleman’s club if that were to happen.

Honestly, it would be very difficult to nail-down the exact moment in history where tassels began, but what I do is If you study the Hebrew Bible, you will see that the Lord spoke to Moses directing him to tell the Israelitesto make tassels (Hebrew tzitzit) and sew them on the corners of their garments, to help them to remember all the commandments of the Lord and to keep them (Numbers 15:37-40), and as a sign of holiness. Religious Hebrew tassels, however, bears little resemblance to the decorative one which appeared and eventually became popular in Europe, especially France and Spain.


You might be impressed that our American icon friend, the tassels, were very good friends with the likes of Roy Rogers, The King of Cowboys, who also swore on tassels to be worn on his shirts. His wife, the lovely wife, Dale Evans, also wore tassels on her matching wardrobe. There is no telling just how many more celeb’s also wore tassels.

A few of the famous celebrities who wore tassels: the late Evel Knievel, Selena Gomez, and Tess Holiday, to name a few. I could name a lot more if space permitted. But all in all, the tassel, I believe, is making some type of comeback as seen in the major, high-budget films of 2022 and a few TV shows both in drama and sitcom.

I suppose that the tassel-wearing regular people and celebrities who did not wear the popular tassel were not fully-dressed. Sure, this is a version of OCD, but it is the tassel that matters. Did I ever wear a tassel? No. And I still hate that today.

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I recall a sad moment that I received in my school days. I was in the fifth-grade and was beginning to appreciate fashion, hair being combed, and other important things in a young person’s life. There was this guy, Randy, who I believe, came into the world wearing tassel diapers. No joke. His parents had bought him a gorgeous suede coat with tassels on his arms and at the coat’s bottom. He loved to swish the tassels as he would walk by us “Average Joe’s” who played football at recess.

Does the tassel increase or decrease a person’s overall character and self-image. I would think that we need to ask the one who wears the tassel. But I have witnessed people, confident people, who did not wear these fashion accessories and it did not matter to them. But in Randy’s case, he worshiped tassels. So it falls back on the tassel wearer or non-tassel wearer.

My last question is this: do you know of any famous or non-famous women (barring Dale Evans) who wore tassels? There is a photo on his hub of a stripper whose looks was enhanced by the wearing of matching tassels.

Maybe tassels did make a difference. I know this because they are still around.

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