Blue nankeen floral napkin

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Blue nankeen fabric is named after Nanjing, a city in east China where it was popularized. The technique originated over three thousand years ago and remains largely unchanged today. Wooden stencils deposit the design onto the fabric, which is then dipped into indigo dye to achieve its deep, dark blue color.

The fabric we use is handmade in the Nanjing area by one of the last workshops still dedicated to this dying art.

The stiff, heavy blue nankeen fabric is ideal for use as a napkin or handkerchief. Its dark color and subtle pattern also hides stains.

Machine-stitched napkin hem. Also available as a pocket square with hand-sewn edges.

In January 2022, we changed the napkin size to 15" × 15". After listening to customer feedback, we found that this smaller size is easier to use and is what most fine dining restaurants use. Napkins sold in 2021 and earlier were probably 21" × 21"; we won't be making that size anymore.
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Size 15" × 15"
Size 39 × 39 cm
Material 100% cotton

Machine wash cold on the gentle cycle and hang dry only. Heated drying will cause excessive shrinkage.

On the first few washes, some of the indigo dye will bleed, so avoid washing with light colored items.

We accept returns on unused items within 60 days of the date the item was delivered. Items must be in resellable condition. Please contact us first.

Items may be tried on but we cannot accept returns on items that have been worn longer than that. Washed items cannot be returned.

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