Madder Resist Handkerchief



Resist 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 genre paintings.  Printed in both India and England they could be simple like our handkerchief or far more complex using many blocks and a number of colors.   Our handkerchief is inspired and  based on an original handkerchief left with a child at the Foundling Hospital.  There was no identifier for it, but the small piece retained it's rolled hem and was made of “washing silk” a lightweight soft silk commonly used for handkerchiefs.  We also studied a number of pieces, one very similar to the token that were resist printed in this manner.  The madder color is matched to the original handkerchief. 

  • Measuring approximately 34 inches square, & made of hand loomed cotton mull,  our handkerchiefs are hand dyed and hand finished.
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