The Tale of the Tea Towel

Tea towels are one of those weird things in kitchens that you never real think of until you need them. Often thought of as just decorations we've come to rely on our tea towels for everything! 

Today in the office while the team was printing and sewing a tea towel order we started to ask where does the term tea towel come from. Thankfully for us there's this handy tool called the interwebs and here's what I discovered:

tea towel or drying-up cloth (English), or dish towel (American) is a cloth which is used to dry dishes, cutlery, etc., after they have been washed. In 18th century England, a tea towel was a special linen drying cloth used by the mistress of the house to dry her precious and expensive china tea things. Servants were considered too ham-fisted to be trusted with such a delicate job, although housemaids were charged with hand-hemming the woven linen when their main duties were completed. Tea towels have been mass-produced since the Industrial Revolution."

Thank you Wikipedia! And while we're at it, here's a few of our favorite tea towel photos (and prints)!  

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