Valentine's handkerchief

Unknown author20th century

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art
Lisboa, Portugal

Taffeta handkerchief, embroidered using the "pé de flor" (flower stem) stitch and topped with the "pé de galo" (rooster" foot) stitch.

The central flower is made with the crochet technique. It is decorated with floral polychrome motifs and two overlapping hearts containing the words "Me" and "You" and, beneath them, the word "LOVE". Surrounding the flower at the centre, the following inscription: "My love for you is as big as the handkerchief is white / I will only stop loving you when the handkerchief whiteness disappears".


  • Title: Valentine's handkerchief
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Vila Verde, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 33 cm x 34 cm
  • Type: Textiles
  • Rights: Collection: National Museum of Ethnology. Image: DGPC/ADF
  • Medium: Cotton, polychrome threads
  • Catalog number: MNE-MAP: 9011 (TEX.1066/07)

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