This linen handkerchief pattern is reproduced from the collection of the DAR Museum. We have also reproduced the original colorway here. Dated to the last quarter of the 18th century it was said to have been owned by Anna Avery. This style of handkerchief was originally produced in the West Indies and worn by both men and women. Agostino Brunias painted a number of portraits in which people of Dominica wore this style of handkerchief as head coverings, neck coverings and even at the waist.
As with other desirable West Indies textiles it was quickly copied by England & manufactured of linen or a combination of linen and cotton. A red bordered handkerchief survives in the Holker collection, manufactured for the western as well as the West African market where the loomed patterns like this and the checked style were preferred.