Slotting in with Her Library Adventures weekly Sunday posts, My Flea Market Find this week is a beautiful Japanese lavender print handkerchief, bought for 50c in my local Op Shop.
Handkerchiefs, have a lot of history:
'White handkerchiefs have been used in place of a white flag to indicate surrender or a flag of truce; in addition to waving away sailors from port. 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.' *Wikipedia
'The use of a cloth handkerchief is occasionally considered old-fashioned or unhygienic, or both, in some parts of the world, mainly due to the popularization of disposable paper handkerchiefs and the fact that they are stored in a pocket or a purse after being used. However they are a potentially more environment-conscious choice, as cloth handkerchiefs are reusable.' *Wikipedia
'At first the Kleenex company had not imagined that there would be a demand for a disposable paper handkerchief, so they initially marketed their product exclusively for make-up removal. It was only after they discovered that people were blowing their noses into the tissues that they began marketing them for this purpose.' *Kleenex history via Wikipedia
I've thought about ways to utilise this handkerchief, and have decided to turn it into a decorative bag, in similar style to this creative etsy seller Veesbees with her beautiful Panda Bamboo Handkerchief:
That way my pretty handkerchief can be seen for all its glory, and I dont need to cut into it either. Nice. I'll post once complete.