Handkerchief history

Handkerchief which was a symbol of nobleness

It is not clear when we started using handkerchiefs.

However, the Brussels Museum of Art preserves the delicate pieces of hemp found from the tomb of Princess Dazur (around 3000 BC) in Egypt.

It is thought that it was a cloth (handkerchief) for wiping hands and wiping sweat.

In Persia, around 700 BC, the handkerchief was used as a symbol of nobleness, and there were some of the finest silk embroidered.

It seems that only the royal family was allowed to have it.

Thus, it is thought that the origin of the handkerchief was in various places all over the world.

Proof of love, handkerchief


In the 17th century, handkerchiefs will be used in earnest as gifts and props for love.

Lovers use it when making a promise of pulling back with the eyes in the ball,

As proof of love, it was hard to give a handkerchief with my initials and heraldic.

In 1682, Shakespeare's "Othello", which depicts a tragedy over a single handkerchief, was performed and acclaimed.

In addition, the handkerchief as a gift of love from a lady appeared in Dumas's novel "The Three Musketeers" depicting the activity of a French swordsman.

It has long been a romantic and dramatic role.

By this time, the handkerchief was established as an etiquette.

Marie Antoinette and Handkerchief


The handkerchief of the race, which was a very expensive luxury at the time.

The women in the French court competed for their beauty.

The dresses, hairstyles and jewelry designed by Rose Vertin are popular among women of upper class,

Marie Antoinette has become a fashion leader in Europe.

It is said that she chose a square and spread it inside and outside the country from among the handkerchiefs that had various shapes such as a circle.

And Marie Antoinette's birthday next day [November 3] is defined as the day of the handkerchief.


Handkerchiefs that keep being loved

It has become a perfect material for handkerchiefs that have become more fashionable, and has become widely loved by many people.

The handkerchiefs that have spread throughout the world have subsequently developed independently in their own culture.

 Handkerchief lands in Japan.

For Japan, which spread rapidly after the Kanmeikan era around 1880, and was dominated by hand towels,

It has become an integral part of fashion accessories. 

It is also called "bride handkerchief" and is also used for the handkerchief held by the bride at the wedding.

A handkerchief with an elegant white cloth and refined lace is just a luxury.

The race handkerchiefs, who gently nestle at the beginning of life, are still loved.