This is a lovely heavy linen torchon in a creamy oatmeal colour. It has blue and red stripes running along its length and the letters O & A hand embroidered in one corner. It is 74cm x 85 cm.
Torchons are the best fabric to use for drying glassware, china or silver. They are very absorbent and don’t leave smear marks on the surface. This torchon probably dates from the 1920’s.
Simple torchons add a French country cottage element to your kitchen. The word ‘torchon’ is a French word for a traditional linen cloth that is wrapped around food to prevent it drying out. Richard Olney in Luke Barr’s book Provence 1970 cooks a Beef Bourgignon with the torchon wrapped around it.
In the early 19th century, French girls would embroider the initial of their first name onto the torchons as part of their dowry, then add the initial of their new surname when they married.
The linen is very durable and versatile. It can be used also to make cushions, aprons and other textile projects. I have a couple of other torchons available also for purchase.