kitchen cloths: form and function

April 02 2019
kitchen cloths: form and function

2 April 2019.  Kitchen cloths are a staple here at Shop Fog Linen.  While we use them everyday without thinking too deeply about it, we thought it would be fun to share a bit about their back story.

Fog Linen Work founder, Yumiko Sekine originally designed the kitchen cloths to be used not just as dish towels, but as multi-taskers around the kitchen.  From polishing glasses to wiping up cooking spills and drying hands, kitchen cloths do double duty.  

Our kitchen cloths are 100% linen, made from flax grown, woven and sewn in Lithuania.  We offer them in two different weights.  While the regular weight is quick drying, and perfect for drying hands, silverware and glassware, the heavier weight (our "thick" kitchen cloth) will absorb more liquid for cleaning up big spills or an epic round of dish drying.  

We also use them as cleaning and polishing cloths for kitchen counters and appliances, as well as for a variety of cooking tasks, from drying a handful of freshly washed herbs to taking the skin off toasted hazelnuts. 

While our kitchen cloths start off with a stiff, freshly ironed texture, the linen becomes softer and more absorbent with each wash.  We recommend that you machine wash them on a gentle cycle in cold water and let them air or line dry.  We find if you give them a shake fresh out of the washing machine while damp, and a quick smooth with your hand, they will dry with minimal wrinkling.  If you must put them in the dryer, tumble dry a on low setting, and know that they will shrink a bit, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch.  If you have the time and inclination, you can iron them on a medium to medium-high setting for a super smooth surface.  

Let us know how you plan to use them in your kitchen!