3.23.10 Dry Spell

Towels 790 xxx
photo by george billard
Flour sacking towels are truly indispensable. I like these from Williams-Sonoma which I doubt are cut from actual flour sacks any more, but are made of a very absorbent unbleached organic cotton that is lint-free. They have an almost gauzy quality that I love and makes them very handy for myriad household tasks. I'm sure our great-grandmothers were doing all sorts of things with kitchen towels like these: drying dishes, polishing glassware, straining foods and covering rising dough. I also love to tie one around my waist as a makeshift apron. When they get a little dingy, torn up or stained, I transfer them to the "rag basket" under the sink and use them to mop up spills, for dusting and general cleaning. I use fewer paper towels this way, and find that these simple towels are super functional and incredibly handy. Get you some.


i agree with you, these are beautiful. isnt this what we call mal mal in pakistan and in india, too? i bought tonnes of mal mal dupattas (veils) to use for storing my shawls which i have collected over the years. mal mal is also lovely for wearing as a sarong on the beach! and now, from you, i have learnt, we can use it in the kitchen, it's a lovely lovely fabric! thanks for the tip. x shayma
shayma on March 23, 2010 at 11:34 am —
I love the towels and the fact that using them or a similar cloth instead of paper emphasizes the first 2 (and often skipped) principles of reduce-reuse-recycle.
Philip on March 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm —
Yes, the sustainable factor is definitely a good incentive, if not the main benefit.
laura on March 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm —
mal mal is fine muslin- where is my brain today? buona notte. x shayma
shayma on March 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm —
Your dulcet commentary is all music to my ears!
laura on March 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm —
I am in complete agreement. A good dishtowel is worth its weight....or rather its lightness.
Vetivresse on March 24, 2010 at 10:22 am —