How to choose the perfect handkerchief

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How to choose the perfect handkerchief

Since I can’t offer you the opportunity to walk into a beautiful store and touch all my lovely handkerchiefs so that you can unfold them, caress them and compare them, I thought that a detailed explanation of what you should take into consideration when choosing handkerchiefs could be useful. Here are the main elements you should pay attention to!

Fabric

Here at TSHU, the majority of our hankies are made with cotton. But what you need to know is that we have several types of cotton, which have a different feel and thicknesses!

How to choose the perfect handkerchief

Cotton sateen

Cotton sateen is used on several styles, because it is a soft, silky and slightly shiny material. Rather thin, cotton sateen can be used in the making of single or double ply handkerchiefs.

  • black handkerchief
    NOF – Seriously Black Handkerchief
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  • white cotton handkerchief
    JAMES – White Handkerchief
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  • black and white spotted handkerchief
    KATE – Black and White Spotted Handkerchief
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Cotton Lawn

Cotton Lawn is incredibly lightweight—almost translucent even. It is finely woven and offers great softness. It can be doubled up to offer more absorbency.

  • blue organic cotton handkerchief
    EUGENE – Fine Blue Hankie
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  • camouflage handkerchief orange and pink
    IAN – Pink, Green and Orange Camo Handkerchief
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  • floral handkerchief
    TOM – soft, lightweight floral hanky (two-ply)
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Cotton poplin

Quality cotton poplin is a fabric that ages very well, as it is tightly woven in a basic plain weave. It is a lightweight and supple material, which becomes even softer with time.

  • navy handkerchief
    LOUISE – Navy Blue Hanky
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  • green handkerchief with emojis and candy - funky cotton handkerchief - cool handkerchief
    VANESSA – Green handkerchief with pineapple, emoji, sweets print (two-ply)
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  • red spotted handkerchief
    YAYOI – White spotted handkerchief (two-ply)
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Cotton flannel

Cotton flannel offers comforting softness like no other material. Similar to the plaid pajamas we wear during the holidays, this fabric is ultra absorbent and thicker than the previous ones.

  • softest flannel handkerchief - mens flannel handkerchief - organic flannel ladies handkerchief
    KURT – Natural Flannel Handkerchief
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  • black flannel handkerchief
    KURT – Black Flannel Handkerchief
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  • brown and gold flannel handkerchief
    DAVE – brown flannel hanky with gold hem
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In addition to our cotton handkerchiefs, we also offer a few styles made with linen. Slightly rougher at first touch, linen is nevertheless an interesting material because it is naturally antibacterial. With time (and washes), it becomes more and more supple, soft and absorbent.

  • blue striped linen handkerchief
    BRUNO – blue linen handkerchief with stripes
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  • grey linen handkerchief
    Sybil – grey linen handkerchief
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Finally, we also have a silk and cotton handkerchief that is chic, elegant and, of course, silky. 

  • silk handkerchief
    LOU – Silk Handkerchief (two-ply)
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Sizing

Due to the growing demand for more hanky sizes, we now make our most popular styles in 4 sizes:

Small handkerchiefs: 20 × 20 cm

  • small organic handkerchief
    BLAISE – small handkerchief with abacus pattern
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  • hank organic handkerchiefs pack - set of organic cotton handkerchiefs
    HANK – Pack of Organic Cotton Handkerchiefs
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  • children's handkerchief - small handkerchief - colourful handkerchief
    SHIRLEY – small handkerchief with polka-dot pattern
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Standard hankies: 28 × 28 cm

  • white organic handkerchief with red snowflake pattern - handprinted, handsewn kerchief - organic tissues
    KEN – ski handkerchief with red snowflake pattern
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  • yellow handkerchief
    LILI – yellow handkerchief (two-ply)
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  • blue handkerchief with airplanes pattern - cotton handkerchief
    DOUGLAS – Hanky with Planes (two-ply)
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Large handkerchiefs: 34 × 34 cm

  • dwight - white cotton handkerchief - mens white cotton handkerchiefs - womens white cotton handkerchiefs
    DWIGHT – White Hanky, Organic Cotton
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  • navy cotton handkerchief
    LOUISE – Navy Blue Handkerchief (two-ply)
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  • blue handkerchief with enchanted forest and red foxes
    VIXEN – blue handkerchief with red foxes (two-ply)
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Extra large hankies: 40 × 40 cm

  • striped handkerchief - white and blue-grey stripes on white BCI cotton
    JOHN – white cotton handkerchief with stripes
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  • extra large green handkerchief
    CHARLES – Extra-Large Silky Green Handkerchief
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  • Elvis extra large paisley handkerchief
    ELVIS – Extra-Large Handkerchief with Blue Paisley Pattern
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The standard handkerchief is the one that is closest to paper tissues in size. The extra large is most similar to traditional men’s handkerchiefs, while the small hanky is closest to classic women’s handkerchiefs. And the large size? Well, it’s my personal favourite :). 

How to choose the perfect handkerchief

Thickness, absorbency and how fast it dries (or not)

Depending on your lifestyle and how you use your handkerchief, you will want more or less thickness (and absorbency).

Basically, you will find 3 categories of hankies on the online shop:

Thin, low-absorbency tissues

In this category, you will find most single-ply handkerchiefs that are made with poplin, cotton lawn or cotton sateen. These dry very quickly! And the thinner the fabric, the faster the hankies dry.

  • blue and yellow camouflage handkerchief
    ANDY – Ultra Thin Camouflage Handkerchief, Yellow and Blue
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  • white cotton handkerchief with green snowflake pattern - handmade handkerchief - organic hankies
    LUCILE – Sports handkerchief with green snowflake pattern
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  • fine ivory handkerchief
    HARRY – Fine Handkerchief
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The “medium” hankies, which are moderately absorbent (it’s obvious, I’m sorry) or very absorbent (ta-daaaa, surprise!)

In this category, I include our lined cotton lawn handkerchiefs (thinner, with medium absorbency) as well as our cotton flannel tissues (thicker, incredibly absorbent). The single-ply handkerchiefs usually dry faster than our thick, two-ply hankies—but in this case, given the lightness of the cotton lawn, I’d say it’s pretty much even-steven.

  • softest flannel handkerchief - mens flannel handkerchief - organic flannel ladies handkerchief
    KURT – Natural Flannel Handkerchief
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  • black flannel handkerchief
    KURT – Black Flannel Handkerchief
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  • floral handkerchief
    TOM – soft, lightweight floral hanky (two-ply)
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The thicker, more absorbent tissues

Here you can find all our other lined handkerchiefs, made with poplin or cotton sateen. These are only slightly thicker than our flannel handkerchiefs and offer excellent absorbency, but don’t dry so quickly.

  • small handmade handkerchief - stripes and bows - thick handkerchief - cute tissues
    ALBER – white hanky with embroidered bowties (two-ply)
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  • unique black and white handkerchief
    AUGUSTUS – black and white cotton handkerchief (two-ply)
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  • beige handkerchief
    ANNA – Beige handkerchief (two-ply)
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Look

On the shop, I offer a variety of timeless designs that have become our most popular handkerchiefs. These include many plain handkerchiefs and a few timeless polka dot designs.

  • black handkerchief
    NOF – Seriously Black Handkerchief
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  • white cotton handkerchief
    JAMES – White Handkerchief
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  • black and white spotted handkerchief
    KATE – Black and White Spotted Handkerchief
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Then, twice a year, I have fun: I create a line of funky, fancy handkerchiefs with unusual materials, fashionable colours, and patterns that leave no one indifferent. 

  • striped handkerrchief - super lightweight handkerchief - fine handkerchief
    FAITH – super light striped handkerchief
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  • black and white handkerchief with suns
    HELIOS – black and white hanky with suns (two-ply)
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And because I love to hear your thoughts, I even invite you to tell me what you like and to participate in the creation process. Cool huh?

How to choose the perfect handkerchief

Need help choosing?

Even though you know everything now, I’m not leaving you to fend for yourself! If you need help finding your dream handkerchief, I’ve also prepared a little quiz that, by answering a few quick questions, will allow me to recommend handkerchiefs that are perfectly adapted to your needs.

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