Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette , 20 September 1911, Page 3
__^, There are many quaint and pretty customs that prevail in the Tyrol; but none more so than that of the tearkerchief. When a girl is to be married, and just before she leaves her girlhood fi6me for the church, her mother gives her a handkerchief, made of newly spun linen, which is called the tearkerchief. With it the oride is to dry the tears that are regarded as only natural as she leaves her home. The tearkerchief is never used after the marriage day; but it is laid away with the bride's most cherished possessions until the day of her death, when it is taken out and spread over her face.