The thing about relatively light fabric objects is that they do not tend to last long if regularly used. This is a shame because history is littered with attractive designs for small personal items such as tea towels and handkerchiefs. In spite of their wide sales and use, old handkerchiefs do not hang around for long because of their common nature and fine cloth. Some samples have survived, so visit a website that is dedicated to the humble vintage hankerchief.
While there is no need to purchase these articles for personal use, they are attractive and easy to collect. They might be sealed in plastic sheathes like photographs or else displayed behind a glass frame. If it is old, distinct, historic, or interesting; then there is a reason to collect it. As these items were very personal for some people, particularly in an age before regular paper towels, collecting them can have great nostalgia and sentiment.