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Portugal SWEETHEART HANDKERCHIEF or Lenco dos Namorados Filigree Heart of Minho Earrings Reversible

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“Lenços dos Namorados” (Sweetheart Handkerchiefs or Fiancée Handkerchiefs) are handkerchiefs made of linen or cotton and embroidered with several related love patterns. This piece of handcraft is part of the typical clothing from Minho province (in Northern Portugal) and used by women of marrying age.

They were used as a ritual of romantic conquest. The girl’s sweetheart should use the handkerchief in public so that everyone would know he had started a love relationship with her.

Since most girls did not finish school during this period in history, most of these handkerchiefs have spelling errors which only adds to their charm!

Take a little bit of Portugal home with you!

The hearts are 4cm long

Reversible, waterproof and lightweight. If you prefer the hearts WITHOUT the flower for a lighter and shorter earring, please just let me know and I will remove them.

All my tiles are replicas made of polymer clay where the image actually becomes part of the clay through baking. No glue is used in the process. The pieces become waterproof and scratch resistant. Due to the handmade and hand shaped nature of each tile, slight variations will occur, as no two pieces are alike.

Hand made in Portugal!

Shipping is via registered mail which takes from 5 to 10 working days. Tracking is provided.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Thank you,

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Portugal SWEETHEART HANDKERCHIEF or Lenco dos Namorados Filigree Heart of Minho Earrings Reversible


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  • Materials: polymer clay, filigree
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