Tea towels, or "torchon" as we call them in France, became common in the late 19th century and was a big component of the household linen. They were either made of hemp, linen, cotton, or métis (minimum 45% linen, rest cotton). Depending on its composition, a towel could be quite thick and stiff, with the appearance and feel of canvas. This is the true luxury of natural fibers that is so hard to find nowadays.
This particular tea towel is made of a pure linen cloth that is not too sturdy, and still will continue to soften as you wash it. Its design comprises a series of red stripes that creates a plaid pattern, and a nicely cross-stitched monogram with the initials 'S' on the upper left side. They each have a little loop to hang.
These towels have never been used. However, I have soaked them overnight to render the extra dye, then washed them once and dried them under the natural sun to remove the storage dust, stains and smell that have accumulated over the decades of being stored, not always in optimal conditions. They are beautiful and ready to be used or offered as a gift.
Size: 22" x 28" (55.8 cm - 71.1 cm)
This listing is for Two tea towel
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