This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
The above is the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, done in handkerchiefs. The framework, which is simple, is covered mostly with ladies' handkerchiefs, with embroidered edges. The embroidery on these is mostly in colors, as too much white would give the scene the appearance of a snow storm. The handkerchiefs which are bound around the upper section of the central pillar are gentlemen's silk handkerchiefs in rather dark colors. The handkerchiefs on the lower part of the pillar and on the background are ordinary gentlemen's white handkerchiefs.