This block print handkerchief is inspired by several extant and illustrated handkerchiefs with partial stripe borders or that show stripes within the print such as the handkerchief worn by the black sailor in John Singleton Copley's Watson and the Shark painted in 1778. Printed handkerchiefs were worn by both men and women of the working class. These cotton handkerchiefs have a rolled hem all the way around and are made of a very soft, fine handkerchief cotton, finer than many others being sold so that when tied or bunched up at the back of your neck the handkerchief still sits well. In the 1770 Pennsylvania Chronicle an ad included "Absconded from her master’s service . . . an English servant girl . . . Had on and took away with her . . . one white striped kenting handkerchief, one new bandano ditto" cited in the book Wives, Slaves, and Servant Girls.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 04 September, 2019.