Well Christmas is over, it’s hard to believe. I hope y’all had a wonderful day celebrating with family. I’m in Texas at my mothers house surrounded by lots of family heirlooms and thought it’d be fun to do some projects this week with her vintage handkerchiefs.
A handkerchief, handkercher, or hanky, is a form of a kerchief, typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that is carried in the pocket for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one’s hands or face, or blowing one’s nose.
Handkerchiefs have historically been used as:
- A decorative accessory
- By children as way to carry around small items when a bag or basket was unavailable
- A substitute for a bandage over a small injury
- A head-covering at the beach
King Richard II of England, who reigned from 1377 to 1399, is widely believed to have invented the cloth handkerchief, as surviving documents written by his courtiers describe his use of square pieces of cloth to wipe his nose.
adapted from this Wikipedia article