Romantic Valentine's Greeting Cards you can buy online!

This design is one of the most popular Portuguese folk-art patterns. Today we can find it in clothes, shoes, and objects. The sweetheart’s favors or Sweethearts´ handkerchiefs, - also known as Love handkerchiefs -are a Portuguese tradition. It dates may be from the 17th century. They have a symbolic function - the conquest of a man's love.

These squares are made of linen or cotton and have embroidered messages dedicated by a young woman to the man she is in love with. She then sent it to the man and, if her love was returned, he would use the handkerchief in public. In case he didn´t, the romantic dream was over. Often these handkerchiefs have language mistakes and rhyme. Designs include blackberry vines, bouquets, flowers, hearts, and keys to open hearts, butterflies, doves, religious symbols, etc. Linen is embroidered in cross stitch, running, and stem stitches.

This design is ideal for romantic persons or any romantic celebration or sweet moment, for example, Valentine’s Day.

This post was refreshed in 2015

Floral and hearts greeting card
Floral and hearts greeting card by aportugueselove
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You may want to check these two links with lots of Valentine's Greeting Cards!

Valentine's Day Cards
and a contemporary Portuguese Love Story
Valentine's Day Cards
and a medieval Portuguese Love Story