Large, Brown, Light & Dark Gold Handkerchief or Shawl
This beautiful handkerchief most likely has a French or English provenance and was imported into America c 1780 - 1810. It's style and coloring is similar to many in collections both in France and England with French, English or Indian provenance. The colors and textile of this reproduction are closely matched to the original taking into account oxidization.
The colors that appear here are most likely the vibrant colors of the handkerchief when it was new. This handkerchief would have been fashionable especially in the last quarter as the waistline began to rise and such gowns as the "Italian Gown" with its tight bodice and long sleeve were often set off by an over-sized handkerchief or shawl which crossed over the bosom and wrapped to the back. The printed motifs often imitated the costlier hand-woven motifs of the India shawls.
- Measures approximately 48 inches square.
- 100% hand loomed cotton mull.
- Hand printed and hand finished.
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