Irish Linen Tea Towel by 31 Chapel Lane
These keepsakes are durable and become softer and more absorbent with each wash. Breathable, quick-drying, and antibacterial, easily the hardest working cloth in any home, we’ll stop short of saying they make dish washing a joy. But only just.
Irish Linen – The Fabric of Ireland
Most of the world’s fine linen comes from Ireland, cheaper linen may lose its shape and body after washing. Quality linen is more durable and can actually improve after it’s washed.
Made from the flax fiber, linen is one of the oldest fabrics known to man. Flax fibre is soft, lustrous and flexible, it is stronger than cotton fibre but less elastic. Linen absorbs water from a wet surface very rapidly and it is smooth, without loose, protruding hairs. This is why flax is by far and away the ideal fibre for making towels of all kinds, glass cloths and handkerchiefs.
About 31 Chapel Lane
Established in 2012 by Damien and Joi Hannigan. 31 Chapel Lane is a multidisciplinary design house and garment manufacturing company, headquartered in the Georgian centre of Limerick City on the west coast of Ireland.
The name is derived from a location in County Cavan, Ireland, near Damien’s childhood home. A historically significant town in the development of the Irish linen industry during the 17th and 18th centuries. This connection to the past and the socially transformative qualities of industry and design provided a starting point for the brand.
31 Chapel Lane celebrates the virtues of structure, materiality and stability. Their work emphasises on, and draw inspiration from traditions and practices that have been refined over time by the disciplines of tailoring and construction.
Their items are strong and valuable; made to be enjoyed, lived in, and held onto for a lifetime. Each design is rigorously developed and examined; each piece is tailored from finest Irish linen or pure wool, Donegal tweed, manufactured in-house with a focus on excellence and longevity.
They make special things for men and women who appreciate craftsmanship, natural materials, and prefer to own things for life.