The joy-and-sorrow neckerchiefs were a special type of neckerchiefs worn by Schwalm women.

Especially precious cloths made of pure silk were worked in such a way that they could be worn for either cheerful or mournful occasions.

Because the square cloths were folded diagonally, either the colourful

or the black

or the white-and-black side was visible.

Often these especially pretty cloths were embellished with embroidery.

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