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Catalog Number 2006.126.001
Description Linen Handkerchief with Tatted Edging, c. 1900-1940. Hankerchief has a very fine inner border of hemstitching that is 0.25in from the edge all around. Handstitched lace around the outer edge that is tatted. Lace pattern is a series of connected circles. On top of each circle is 3 smaller loops.
Object Name Handkerchief
Collection 3D - Personal Gear
Title Linen Handkerchief with Tatted Edging, c. 1900-1940
Date c. 1900-1940
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Provenance Handed down in donor's family for several generations with continuous use through 2002.
Notes A handkerchief is "a small piece of linen, silk, or other fabric, usually square, and used especially for wiping one's nose, eyes, face, etc., or for decorative purposes." []

"The first written reference to hankies comes from the Roman poet Catullus in the 1st century AD. Called sudarium from the root sudor (to sweat), Romans used hankies to wipe the sweat from their brows, and to shield their heads from the sun. The start of the Roman games was signalled by dropping a handkerchief....In the 16th century, Italy, well known for it's exquisite 'Venice lace,' began producing richly embellished handkerchiefs for the well-to-do all over Europe. Ladies and gentlemen posed for paintings clutching lace handkerchiefs as a sign of wealth and prestige." []
Dimensions H-11.5 W-11.75 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Handkerchief
Subjects Handkerchiefs
Linen industry