Red Spotted & Paste Work Handkerchief


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“Spot'd” & paste work handkerchiefs appear frequently through out the 18th and on into the 19th c. They are described in shop advertisements, runaway ads and appear often in genre paintings. Spotted designs originally made by the “tie & dye” method in India, were mimicked with block printing by English printers & dyers seeking to duplicate the popular patterns. 

This pattern is inspired by a sample in the Holker manuscript dated to the 1750's.  It could have been listed in advertisements as spotted or paste. It's lively pattern would have been created by using a wax or paste applied with stamps to create the white areas, dyed the lighter orange color then paste applied with blocks to create the flower motif and finally dyed it's final dark red color.

  • Measures approximately 38 inches square. 
  • 100% hand loomed cotton mull.
  • Hand printed and hand finished. 
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