Certain pieces of costume and props became synonymous with the western genre. Of course, sheriffs draw antique guns from leather holsters after their spurs caught sunlight during a long ride by horseback. Dust kicks up under the brim of wide-brim cowboy hats. But for the man with no name, Clint Eastwood\u2019s poncho became important for the character\u2019s identity. And Eastwood understood the importance of this piece of clothing. While movies after these spaghetti westerns would take inspiration from the Dollars Trilogy, Eastwood doesn\u2019t need replicas because he kept Joe\u2019s poncho. In all that time, though, it\u2019s not seen the inside of a washing machine. Why this attachment, and why this preservation? Eastwood himself explains why. Spaghetti westerns set a precedent Clint Eastwood wearing his iconic Dollars Trilogy poncho \/ Everett Collection Director Sergio Leone can be credited with fueling the rise of spaghetti westerns as a subgenre of westerns that emerged outside of the U.S. Both Leone and spaghetti westerns as a whole can, in turn, receive thanks for rocketing Clint Eastwood further along the path to stardom. RELATED: 90-Year-Old Clint Eastwood Lands New Starring Role Today a classic action icon, the early years of Eastwood\u2019s career saw smaller roles fill his resume. In particular, he primarily populated TV shows instead of movies. Then came the Dollars Trilogy - and its famous poncho. As the Man with No Name in Leone\u2019s trilogy, Eastwood played a gruff antihero in each entry into the series - perhaps the start in his list of similar roles (see Gran Torino and the like). Though the movies may be from decades past, Eastwood held on to a key part of them. How Eastwood preserves the Dollars Trilogy poncho The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly \/ Everett Collection \u201cI still have that, yeah,\u201d Eastwood revealed of his famous Dollars Trilogy poncho. \u201cIt\u2019s sitting in a glass case. Never been washed.\u201d Why? That\u2019s the best way to ensure it lasts longer, even in its casing. \u201cIf you washed it, it would fall apart.\u201d Eastwood fears it's a matter of integrity and preservation; one wash could wipe away all that desert dust and the old fabric altogether. Until 2002, though, he\u2019d kept even further hidden from harmful forces. From the final shooting in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly until 2002, Eastwood hadn\u2019t even unfolded the clothing article once he brought it home. That\u2019s 36 years of sitting in a place of quiet reverence. Now, the same probably can\u2019t be said for the Man with No Name\u2019s cigarillos; though the antihero favored them, Eastwood himself is not a smoker.