Western Cowboy Chaps
About American Chaps
Chaps are usually made from leather and date back to the 1800′s. They were originally worn by cowboys to protect their legs when working cattle. They are typically two separate leg pieces joined by a belt, or lacing, and have the seat open. The modern day “Western Cowboy Chap” has changed very little over the decades.
The Texas chaps, or shotgun chaps, usually have zippered closures running the total length of the chaps from the seat to the bottom at the boot. This design is warmer, and therefore popular in the Midwest, or during winter months. This chap is common both with, or without fringe
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The Chink (from the name “Chinkaderos”)- sometimes referred to as a half-chap- stops three or four inches below the knee and typically has four to six inches of fringe. It is cooler, and therefore desirable in warmer climates, or during the summer months. With fringes, and the looser fit, it is popular with working cowboys and weekend cowboys and girls alike. your own text
The Batwing Chap
The Batwing chap- largely considered to be a “Rodeo Chap”- is usually fastened at the thigh- normally with two or three snaps or buckles- leaving a loser fit on the lower leg, and freer movement of the legs, makes them more desirable for bronc and bareback riders. They are also highly adjustable which make them a good option for perpetual chaps!
The Farriers Apron
The Farrier’s apron is a variation of the chink. Without the fringes (normally), and often with tool pockets, it protects the farrier’s legs, and offers a temporary place for his tools. It is also often fitted with a small magnet to hold the horseshoe nails. This chink is also popular with ranch hands for working or stacking hay.
From the Spanish word “arma”, or armor, “ita” is the diminutive when added to the arma it means “little armor”. It can be argued that the Amitas are the grandfather of todays Chink. The Chink is normally built shorter- stopping a few inches below the knee. The traditional Armitas are normally built to the top of the boot.
The Woolie is a chap- or chink- that is built with full hair-on hide; Sheep wool, hence the name. For obvious reasons, this is a pretty warm garment, and popular in colder climates, or for winter cowboy work.