Indigo “Spot’d” Neck-Handkerchief


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“Spotted” handkerchiefs appear frequently through out the 18th and on into the 19th c. They are described in shop advertisements, runaway ads and genre paintings. Originally made by “tie & dye” method in India, English dyers sought to duplicate the popular style which made for lively patterns at minimal cost. Our handkerchief is based on an original handkerchief worn by a child admitted to the Foundling Hospital in London in 1759. The indigo color is matched to a number of indigos we color matched in the Foundling Hospital collection of textile tokens.  

  • Measuring approximately 35 inches x 39 inches our neck-handkerchiefs are made of hand loomed cotton mull, hand  tie and dyed and hand finished. 
  • Please note that our "tie" & "dye" handkerchiefs are made in the traditional method and may require additional dye fixing.  We recommend a dye fixative such as Retayne, Rit or Dharma's dye fixative.  You can also use 1/2 cut salt and 2 teaspoons of vinegar to help set the dye.  Always wash our handkerchiefs by hand using cold water and a small amount of mild detergent.
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