The History of the Pocket Square

History of the Pocket Square: Before people used the word handkerchief, the word kerchief alone was common. This term came from two French words: couvrir, which means “to cover,” and chef, which means “head.” In the time of ancient Greece and Rome, handkerchiefs were often used the way they are today. But in the Middle Ages, kerchiefs were usually used to cover the head. Then in the 16th century, people in Europe began to carry kerchiefs in their pockets to wipe their forehead or their nose. To distinguish this kind of kerchief from the one used to cover the head, the word hand was added to kerchief.

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.

Handkerchiefs can typically be made of cotton, cotton-synthetic blend, synthetic fabric, silk, or linen.

The finest silk is used to make TaylordBlu’s one of a kind pocket squares that range in various sizes form the standard 12″ square, up to a large 16″ square, depending on individual taste. After each pocket square is sized and cut the edges are finished with a rolled hem.

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