Why red strawberries were used in the handkerchief's decorative ornamentation? It has been suggested that Elizabethan painters subscribed to the idea that, since strawberries are red berries or fruits, they epitomize pleasure-seeking and sexual desire.
No wonder that that the white silk handkerchief in Shakespeare's "Othello, The Moore of Venice," was spotted with red strawberries that were hand stitched with treads that has been dyed with blood from "maiden hearts' - the virgin's blood!
The handkerchief, a small fashion accessory item, is the most dominated symbol that circulates throughout the play. A small object cares out such an enormous weight in the story of small incidents as a symbol of evidence and proofs of love and betrayal.