Tea towels come in all shapes and sizes, made from fabrics such as cotton, terry towelling and linen. They are printed or woven and have all manner of patterns and designs on them. Do a search on Google images for tea towels and you will find an endless supply to look at. Do a search on vintage tea towels and you will find even more.
Nearly everyone has tea towels, and I'm sure that most people have a favourite that they go back to again and again. I have a few favourite Irish linen tea towels.
When my great aunt on my father's side passed away I inherited some of her linen's. One day a couple of years ago I was going through the pile of these linen's and I came across some old Irish linen tea towels.
These tea towels are aged, have a few stains here and there, and even a hole or two but overall have a fine quality to them. They are woven with coloured stripes and a message that is quite quirky, which says " linen dry quicker by Lochness".
"Linen dry quicker by Lochness" conjures for me a mental image of clotheslines full of antique linens flapping in the breeze by that famous body of water Loch Ness. A romantic image by any means, but totally at odds with the use of a tea towel for drying dishes.
Going on guesswork I think my great aunt had them from the 60s or 70s as a lot of her linen seem to come from this period.
If you do have any information about these tea towels please let me know.
I have been using them for about two years now and they are a firm favourite amongst my vast tea towel collection for drying dishes, covering food, and mopping up the odd water spill on the bench, plus I do enjoy looking at them.