Handkerchiefs and hand towels have largely disappeared from daily life in the West, but the Japanese consider the humble handkerchief a daily necessity. They are also popular gifts for friends.
Japan's relationship with the handkerchief dates back to the start of the Meiji Era (1868-1912), and served several functions, particularly drying hands, blotting perspiration, and wiping rain from a bicycle seat or a lap serviette whilst eating your lunch.
The one thing the Japanese never use a handkerchief for is blowing their noses! That’s where tissues come in handy.
In these COVID-era times, perhaps we should reconsider the handkerchief as an important accessory for cleanliness.
Description: Graphic dot and line pattern.
Product specifications: 31 x 31 cm.
100% double gauze cotton.
Made in Japan
Designer: Rieko Oka
Rieko Oka is based in Hokkaido and creates patterns based on natural landscapes and familiar plants. Winner of the Mina Perhonen Design Award Product Category.
2008 Started activities of "Dot and Line Pattern Factory". Based in Sapporo, Hokkaido. She has presented textiles based on the scenes in her life at solo exhibitions and craft exhibitions in various places.