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COTE: noun ('kōt, ˈkät) Old French
"Outer garment with sleeves, a coat"

When researching my married surname, Calcote, I discovered meaning of 'COTE' in the Old French of the Middle Ages. The name fit perfectly with the pocket squares I block-print and hand-dye out of my home studio in Charleston, South Carolina. Each design, inspired by a historical figure, is meant to fill an empty pocket with a burst of color and fanciful imagery.  Don't be a square, wear a square!

-Elizabeth Calcote

For inquiries, collaborations, or custom colors please email cotesquares@gmail.com

 

Each design is inspired by a figure from history.  Elizabeth carves the pattern into a golden cut linoleum block using knives and gouges.  After the block, or stamp, is rolled with ink, Elizabeth uses her body weight, kneeling on the linoleum, to press the ink through stretched silk.  She then hand-dyes the textile once the ink dries.  

Each design is inspired by a figure from history.  Elizabeth carves the pattern into a golden cut linoleum block using knives and gouges.  After the block, or stamp, is rolled with ink, Elizabeth uses her body weight, kneeling on the linoleum, to press the ink through stretched silk.  She then hand-dyes the textile once the ink dries.