In my imaginary scrapbag, the family clothing cottons from which Alice Browne made
her four-patch quilt, we have Papa's Kerchief.
Alice's Scrapbag from Moda
I named each print after an article of clothing that might
have wound up in the scrapbag.
Men often wore a kerchief around their necks, but a neck scarf instead of a necktie was work wear or casual wear---not formal wear for the photographer. When we see a period photo of a man in a kerchief it's often an occupational photo, a man dressed in his work clothing.
Neck scarves were often of paisley pattern,
as in the print picked for Papa's Kerchief.
The paisley comes in four colorways.
You sometimes see neck kerchiefs as part of an official uniform, as in this sailor's portrait.
Or in unofficial uniforms as in this cowboy wanna-be
dressed up in the photographer's props.
Women also wore neck kerchiefs. This one looks like a classic bandana.
A look Moda's captured in Bunk House Bandanas.
Possibly a European nursemaid with her charge.
Kerchiefs were also headwear,
particularly for African-American women,
slave or free. This example is a classic polka dot.
A look the cowboys loved too.
Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy