A tea towel is a strange name for a household item. Most of us would refer to a tea towel as a drying-up cloth. If you live in America, however, you would call a tea towel a dish cloth. If you live in Europe/Great Britain, it’s known as a tea towel.
The name “tea towel” originated in England around the early nineteenth century. A tea towel was the linen of choice for the ladies of Victorian England. They would often use tea towels personally when caring for their tea ware to avoid anything being broken by a careless servant.
The tea towels properties of being highly absorbent, lint-free and soft provided the perfect material to thoroughly dry their delicate china and serving pieces without scratching or leaving lint behind. The material that tea towels are made from also provided a workable background to be decorated with embroidery. The ladies of this period often embroidered their own personal tea towels, used during tea time to cover food or take care of any spills.
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