White & Red "Spot'd & Bordered" Handkerchief


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“Spotted” Handkerchiefs, such as our White & Red "Spot'd & Bordered" Handkerchief, appear frequently throughout the 18th and into the 19th centuries.  They are described in shop advertisements, runaway ads and featured in genre paintings.  Originally made by “tie & dye” method in India, English printers & dyers sought to duplicate the popular style using blocks, which made for lively patterns at minimal cost.   

This handkerchief is based on contemporary illustrations and art, as well as a large number of written descriptions from the 1750's onward, proving the popularity of the color and style.  Our handkerchief  is based on the illustration of "The Lovely Lavinia"

Our White & Red "Spot'd & Bordered" Handkerchief:

  • Measures approximately 34 inches square. 
  • 100% hand loomed cotton mull.
  • Hand printed and hand finished.
  • To learn more about our White & Red "Spot'd & bordered" Handkerchief, or our other designs, please visit About Our Handkerchiefs

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