“Spotted” Handkerchiefs appear frequently through out the 18th and on into the 19th c. They are described in shop advertisements, runaway ads and featured in genre paintings. Originally made by “tie & dye” method in India, English printers & dyers sought to duplicate the popular style which made for lively patterns at minimal cost. Two color "spot'd" handkerchiefs were achieved through first dying the handkerchief and then using blocks they would use a paste or wax to create the resist design mimicking the original tie and dye and dye once again. This handkerchief is based on examples in originals and a number of contemporary paintings along with many contemporary written descriptions such as this ad regarding stolen items from 1783.
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