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Asian Antiques3494 of 4426Lovely Blue and White Japanese HandkerchiefWhat is it? Czech, Gouda,
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Posted 3 years ago


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Many years ago I lived in Tokyo, Japan. What a wonderful place to live!! There were so many things I enjoyed and appreciated. Of course, pottery is always a favorite but I fell in love with Japanese handkerchiefs and I have never been able to find anything to compare with them since I came home.

They have entire stores filled to the ceiling with nothing but handkerchiefs. Huge, soft, and amazing. I gave most of the hankies I bought in Japan as gifts when I returned. Then I started ordering them and made a quilt out of those. Now I have a few more and I think I'll just appreciate them.

This is an example of a new acquisition: It is a Shibori Dye Red Flower Motif Handkerchief. The tag 'Shibori' = Shiborizome - a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye. The size of this handkerchief is about 44cm. It has a seal tag attached and is 100% cotton.

Thanks for looking. I have a few more to show.


  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 3 years ago
    Wonderful! I spent some time in Japan as well. I wish I had found the handkerchiefs.
  2. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    I love the Shibori dying technique! so beautiful; thanks for sharing.
  3. purpledog purpledog, 3 years ago
    Hello Amber. The handkerchiefs are amazing (one can actually use them and they don't fall apart :) There are millions of colors and designs all in one store (and they're all over). I'd love to open a store here. I think people would love them. They were not expensive at all.

    Thanks for the love and comment :) I appreciate it.
  4. purpledog purpledog, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the love, Hunter :)
  5. purpledog purpledog, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the love, Inky :)
  6. purpledog purpledog, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the love bratjdd, Manikin, officialfuel, kerry10456, bellin68,!! :)

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