Here is an amazing handkerchief textile from the late Victorian or early Edwardian time period. A sewing craft project of many years ago, this hankie pillow top features an American Indian in feathered head dress in shades of pink and red. It is only the first I have ever seen and was in awe to find it. Most of this type of pillow top, which I find, features pretty floral flowers patterns.
It is a home sewn project using a printed cotton handkerchief. The hankie was cut in four sections, then restitched with lace insertion between each corner of the hankie, thus forming the pillow top. The lace, also, includes a row of beading lace, so ribbon can be threaded through. Tying, here and there in bows, for further embellishment.
No backing for the pillow was found with the top. Sometimes, a backing was another hankie or a batiste fabric in a white or solid color. If you were finishing as a pillow, the backing fabric would be your choice.
Size of the top is 20" square.
Although very clean and never used or laundered, there's a tiny amount of oxidation at a couple corners on the white. Rather minor.