Just Imported in the Ship Hunter, Capt. Wilson, from LONDON...........a general assortment of EUROPEAN and INDIA GOODS , viz,...........silk handkerchiefs, flower’d linen ditto, cotton ditto..... Boston Evening Post, June 23rd, 1760
Resist or paste printing was a common and desirable method of creating a dark grounded textile. Sometimes in only one color and sometimes blocked after to create a pattern of two or more colors, They are described in shop advertisements, runaway ads and show up in genre paintings. Printed in both India and England they could be simple or far more complex using many blocks and a number of colors. Our handkerchief is inspired and based on an original half handkerchief in the collection of the Museon Arlaten, believed to be French. It is a block print which appears to be an indigo with an overdye of yellow and subsequent pencil blue on the leaves to create green. The indigo (or blue) color resist is quite common in handkerchiefs, found in advertisements and store inventories called out as paste We have found a number of resist prints in cloth as well and the color of this handkerchief is matched to those. The original can be found on our Pinterest Board for handkerchiefs.