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Sturdy coverings for the legs consisting of leggings and a belt.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1800
They are buckled on over pants with the chaps' integrated belt, but unlike trousers, they have no seat (the term "assless chaps" is a tautology) and are not joined at the crotch. They are designed to provide protection for the legs and are usually made of leather or a leather-like material. Their name is a shortened version of the Spanish word chaparajos. Chaparajos were named after the chaparral (thick, thorny, low brush), from which they were designed to protect the legs while riding on horseback. Like much of western American horse culture, the origin of chaparajos was in the south of Spain, from which it then passed on to the part of New Spain that later became Mexico, and has been assimilated into cowboy culture of the American West. They are a protective garment to be used when riding a horse through brushy terrain.
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Scene on the ground, Flanders during World War I

Scene on the ground, Flanders during World War I

Dancers at a divisional sports day, France, during World War I. The photograph is taken in a grassy field which is bound on the far side of the picture by some very dense trees. They are huge trees and are crea... More

Cowboy chaps in ranch supply store. Alpine, Texas

Cowboy chaps in ranch supply store. Alpine, Texas

Public domain photograph - historical image of Texas, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Chinks. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Chinks. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Found on Grayson Ranch Public domain photograph - historical image of Washington DC, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description The Paradise Valley Folklife Project was a... More

Hair Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Hair Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Source: Miller, Alvin Angora goat hide chaps, ca. 1920 Maker: Capriola, J.M., Elko, Nevada The Paradise Valley Folklife Project was a cultural documentation project undertaken by the American Folklife Center a... More

Cowgirl, Autochrome Color Photograph

Cowgirl, Autochrome Color Photograph

Accession Number: 1977:0083:0058..Maker: Mrs. Benjamin F. Russell..Title: Cowgirl..Date: ca. 1910..Medium: color plate, screen (Autochrome) process..Dimensions: Image: 16.8 x 11.7 cm Overall: 17.8 x 12.8 cm..G... More

Farmer in chaps, Sheridan County, Montana

Farmer in chaps, Sheridan County, Montana

Picryl description: Public domain image of a farmer, 1930s, 20th-century dust bowl era, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

A black and white photo of a man standing in front of a horse, Great Depression. FSA/OWI Photograph

A black and white photo of a man standing in front of a horse, Great D...

Picryl description: Public domain image of industrial or agricultural worker, 1930s, 20th-century, free to use, no copyright restrictions. show less

Chinks. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Chinks. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

People in photograph: Ely, Homer Ninety-Six Ranch buckaroo Homer Ely. Short chaps called "chinks" are worn during warm weather. The Paradise Valley Folklife Project was a cultural documentation project underta... More

Hair Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Hair Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Also called "woolies," made of angora goat hide, ca. 1935; later hair chaps began to be replaced by hairless, wider "batwing" and "chinks" type chaps Source: Cassinelli, Bob The Paradise Valley Folklife Projec... More

Hair Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Hair Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Source: Miller, Alvin Angora goat hide chaps, ca. 1920 Maker: Capriola, J.M., Elko, Nevada The Paradise Valley Folklife Project was a cultural documentation project undertaken by the American Folklife Center a... More

Frank Loveland with Hair Chaps

Frank Loveland with Hair Chaps

Public domain photograph of farm, farmer, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

159. Prins Harald - no-nb digifoto 20150710 00010 bldsa pk kgl0031 (cropped)

159. Prins Harald - no-nb digifoto 20150710 00010 bldsa pk kgl0031 (cr...

Norsk bokmål: Bildet er hentet fra Nasjonalbibliotekets bildesamling. Anmerkninger til bildet var: Fra sin store USA-reise i 1939 hadde kronprinsparet med seg forseggjorte kostymer som gaver til de tre barna: ... More

A black and white photo of a man with a gun. Snake hunter man.

A black and white photo of a man with a gun. Snake hunter man.

A man standing next to a piece of wood / A man in a costume standing next to a table / Public domain vintage photo.

Shotgun Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Shotgun Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Source: Miller, Fred This narrow type of chaps was made ca. 1945 and used by Miller's father; note the set-in pockets Maker: Walt Goldsmith Saddlers, San Francisco, California The Paradise Valley Folklife Proj... More

On Horse with Chinks. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

On Horse with Chinks. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

People in photograph: Northrup, Tex Public domain photograph - historical image of Nevada, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description The Paradise Valley Folklife Project... More

Saddling Horse. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Saddling Horse. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

People in photograph: Wheelock, Chuck Public domain photograph - historical image of Nevada, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description The Paradise Valley Folklife Proje... More

Wearing Batwing Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

Wearing Batwing Chaps. Paradise Valley, Nevada Folklife Collection

People in photograph: Pedroli, Pete Public domain photograph - historical image of Nevada, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description The Paradise Valley Folklife Project... More

Farmer in cowboy chaps, Sheridan County, Montana

Farmer in cowboy chaps, Sheridan County, Montana

Public domain photograph - Montana Folklife collection, ethnography, United States, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Cowboy chaps in ranch supply store. Alpine, Texas

Cowboy chaps in ranch supply store. Alpine, Texas

Public domain photograph of the United States military and military-industrial complex before World War Two, 1930s, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

"As the settler encroaches further and further upon the cattle country, the cowboy and the romance of his calling are rapidly approaching the point where they will exist only on the motion picture screen and in the Wild West show,

"As the settler encroaches further and further upon the cattle country...

"As the settler encroaches further and further upon the cattle country, the cowboy and the romance of his calling are rapidly approaching the point where they will exist only on the motion picture screen and i... More

"Ladies in chaps" (38882990952)

"Ladies in chaps" (38882990952)

Maude Beardsley on the right. Provincial Archives of Alberta. From the Godby family fonds, PR2009.0441/0123.0002.