Hand-Stitched embroidery is one of the oldest
ways to decorate all types of Textiles
Many pieces were Family Heirlooms before they
became collector items~
When you think about it, the handkerchief is a fascinating object—a delicate response to one of the decidedly indelicate aspects of being human. Throughout history it has been considered both an old-fashioned and unhygienic rag, as well as a precisely embroidered symbol of high social standing.
A handkerchief, it was thought, could contain the magical powers of the user’s tears, and was considered a physical extension of someone’s spiritual being.
After centuries of popularity, the handkerchief fell out of favor in the 1930's, when paper manufacturer Kimberly-Clark began marketing its Kleenex-brand tissue as a more sanitary means of nose-wiping.
I have been wondering what kind of Handi-work
we have today that will be treasured
and kept in safe keeping for generations~