The Tea Towel as Functional Art

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What single item can act as napkin, apron, wrapping paper, or pot holder? Studiopatró tea towels. Not just for drying the dishes, these practical and pretty towels are functional pieces of art. Christina Weber, the designer behind the homespun company based in San Francisco, describes her inspiration by way of a famous quote from  textile designer William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Studiopatró’s overachieving designs are, of course, are both. Handcrafted in the U.S. using eco-friendly, water-based inks and medium-weight linen, they are sturdy and absorbent, clean up spills quickly, and dry fast, all while resisting dirt and stains. Plus the more you wash them, the softer they get, developing a beautiful patina that improves with age.

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Images courtesy of Studiopatró.

Emily Donelan is a writer and photographer. She enjoys writing about people who inspire her, and hopes that her articles can in turn inspire others. She lives in Chicago with her family.

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