The Laundry Captain brought up the state of the kitchen napkin/towel drawer the other day. I personally don’t give a rats hinder about the state of the towel drawer, but since he does all the laundry, folds it and puts it away neatly, I try to care. Issue one was the state of many of the dishcloths. They are stained. Yes, they are. They are dishcloths. They get stained. It is their nature. Apparently the next person who goes to Target has to get new ones. Fine. Then we moved on to the stack of tea towels. Their existential identity was questioned by the LC.
“What are tea towels good for and why do women like to give them to each other?”
He opined that they are not absorbent and useless for drying either hands or dishes. Or, they are too small and that renders them less than fully functional. Therefore, they are taking up valuable towel-drawer real estate. “Yeah, they are cute and all that, but what the hell are they good for?” He even suggested a there was a clever businessman in some third world textile-producing country that developed the concept of tea towels in order to sell fabric scraps to Americans for big bucks. “Ha-ha, just call them something clever and British sounding like tea towels and soon there will be tea towels shops all over and we will be rich!”
I like tea towels. I do use them to cover bread, take food to someone’s house, wrap gifts, and even to cover a tea tray from time to time. I do agree that we may have too many of them, however, so I have developed a plan to replace some aging cloth napkins with tea towel napkins. (The photo above is only about half of my stash.) I will cut them in half, hem that edge and we will have a stack of new napkins to replace the stained white ones we have had forever. Next mystery? Why are napkins usually white, when it is also in their nature to get stained?
So what about you? Do you use tea towels? Do you have the answer to that nagging question of why women like to give one another tea towels? And why ARE napkins white?