Few fond memories are made over a cold spot of tea. That's one place where this tea cloth comes in. Originally designed for laying across the tea tray to catch spills and crumbs of scone, the linen tea cloth can also be laid across the top of the teapot to prevent heat loss and encourage at least another half hour of important talk. As traditional tea cloths are, this towel is made from Irish linen, in a mill in County Down, Ireland, that has been producing Irish linen for over 50 years. Different from most cloths, Irish linen gets softer and stronger the longer it's around. This is because of the linen's inherent bond with water. The flax plant, from which linen is woven, grows best in humid climate and moist soil. The very first process in the production of the linen fibers is the soaking of the harvested flax in pools of water, thus rotting away the stem bark to access the fibers. This association with water and moisture continues over time as linens are repeatedly washed, and it's this relationship which means the linen gets better over time, the more you use it. Joy, of 31 Chapel Lane, working with new linens
This tea cloth works just as well with coffee service as with tea, or can be spread across any platter for serving. It also makes an easy apron, napkin or table cloth, can be used as a placemat or table runner, or to wrap a wine bottle. To care for the cloth, remember the linen will develop more character over time. It can be machine washed on cold, warm, or permanent press (temperature shouldn't go over 30C or 86F). Since linen naturally dries quickly, spin and line drying is the best way to go. If you throw it in the dryer, this can be too hot and over-dry the fibres, making ironing more difficult.
31 Chapel Lane is a two-person team, Damien and Joy, who started their linen business to reinvigorate the production of Irish linen that has meant so much to the Irish country for many centuries. All linens at 31 Chapel Lane come from a number of mills throughout Northern Ireland. They're all located close to where Damien grew up, so he and Joy visit the mills quite regularly to search out fabrics for upcoming collections and collaborations. All products are sewn by hand in Ireland, and most of them are handmade by Joy. The stages of 31 Chapel Lane's production process begin with the choosing of the color palette and tone for each collection, the selecting and testing of fabrics based on weight, color, potential and natural characteristics, and finally the production itself followed by quality testing. Damien and Joy typically name their products in honor of people or places that have inspired them. In the instance of this tea cloth, the naming process came out of this question: "If this tea cloth were a person, who would we like it to be, represent, or remind us of?" For this cloth, they chose "Fei Molly" after "two of the most endearing young ladies we've had the pleasure of knowing in recent years." This particular tea cloth is the reflection of them - "pure, no fuss, untinted, in harmony, at peace and fearless."
Oyster white Irish Linen tea cloth. 19 inches x 28 inches. Made from 100% organic Irish linen. Highly absorbent and durable. Gets better, softer and stronger with age. Machine washable. Made in Ireland. (more info)
19 inches W x 28 inche L
(48 cm x 72 cm)
100% Natural Irish Linen
Never tumble dry. Do not bleach. Machine washable at 30C (86F), air dry.
Press with warm iron when damp if needed.
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