Gray & Purple Paisley Handkerchief


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The deep purple "paisley" handkerchief which this handkerchief was copied from came to the  Albany Institute of Art & History with no provenance.  In the 90's while visiting the Institute, paisley shawl expert, Arlene Cooper assigned it a date of 1830. With no further notes we do not know what methods she used to date the antique. However, in our own research, we have seen similar designs much earlier then 1830.  In India, known as a "buta" or "boteh", (meaning flower), the pattern was used to adorn all manner of items till the middle of the 18th century. The pattern became popular globally whe the East India Company began to import shawls and other textiles adorned with the motif in the early 18th century.  It's popularity continued to flourish and led to the town of Paisley in Scotland  becoming a major manufacturer of the pattern in shawls, thus the name "paisley" was adopted. 

The original handkerchief we reproduced, in two tones of purple can be found here. This handkerchief is recolored with a soft gray background and the dark purple for a softer appearance.

  • Measures approximately 34 inches square. 
  • 100% hand loomed cotton mull.
  • Hand printed and hand finished. 
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