We are super excited to be joined on A Simple Path this week by Dorian Bowen of The Welsh House. You may already know Dorian from his gorgeous Instagram account, but if not, or if you’ve always wanted to know more about the man behind the pictures, read on.
You won’t feel quite as rested as if you had just woken up to a dewy morning on a Welsh hillside, but his words will bring solace and respite from the busyness of your day. Savour this one.
1.Can you tell us what you do and how you came to be doing it?
If you thought doing laundry was a chore, we’ve got some fascinating historical facts about how people cared for linen before modern washing machines and Persil made an appearance. Linenbeauty.com met with textile historian and museums officer Emma O’Connor, of Sussex Past, a charity which runs several historic sites in Sussex, England, and learned some pretty eye-opening things about cleaning linen the old-school way. Here’s what she told us:
Pure linen towels are considered a premium type of all bath towels. Why is that? Let’s get acquainted with huckaback linen towels which are the most popular choice.
The term huckaback means a special coarse weave of linen fabric (and cotton as well). It is employed mostly in the production of cloth towels (e.g. bath towels, kitchen towels). The relatively loose and uneven weave gives a special texture which results in a highly absorbent linen bath towel. This uneven surface has also micro-massaging effect for the skin. The origins huckaback weave can be traced back to the ancient textile traditions of Germany and Scandinavia.
Nowadays nearly every pure linen towel is produced using huckaback weave, because it proved to give a towel many qualities a functional piece of bathroom linen should have. Here are some of those features for you to judge: