Hutterite Sweetheart Handkerchiefs

McLeoid, Jim
July 2000
Piecework;Jul/Aug2000, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p21
The article discusses the history of sweetheart handkerchiefs sewn by young women of the Hutterian Brethren, an agrarian society mainly based in northwestern North America. Young women would display their needlepoint skills by giving Hutterite sweetheart handkerchiefs to bachelors from whom they wished to obtain a marriage proposal. The handkerchiefs were embroidered linen or cotton squares which contained colorful cross-stitched phrases and romantic images and symbols. INSET: Other Hutterite Customs.


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