This hand block print handkerchief is inspired by several extant and illustrated handkerchiefs with borders and small sprigged centers. Printed handkerchiefs were worn by both men and women of the working class. These cotton handkerchiefs have a rolled hem all the way around and are made of a very soft, fine handkerchief cotton, finer than many others being sold so that when tied or bunched up at the back of your neck the handkerchief still sits well. In the 1776 Pennsylvania Gazette an ad included "Run away . . . an indented servant girl . . . a Scotch woman . . . had on, and took with he . . . two handkerchiefs, one blue and white, the other red and white" cited in the book Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 05 November, 2019.