aldin towels

February 16, 2012

I think I’m going to start a new collection: ALDIN tea towels. You may have noticed them in my recent pink and gray piece. Right after I published that post, Classico, which carries the towels, released the latest collection. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough! Each is better than the next. I simply want them all.

My Japanese is non-existant and Google Translate was spotty at best, but here are the basics (I think). ALDIN towels are made in the city of Yamanashi Fujiyoshida, Japan, at the foot of Mt Fuji. All the work, from design to finish, is done in-house, and the towels are loomed “the old fashioned way” using the traditional methods for which the region is famous.

For me it is the marriage of functionality and beauty that makes ALDIN tea towels so special. The linen is textured and exquisite, but designed to be used. (They look like they get better with each wash!) And then there are the colors. They are either bold, but edited – a thread shooting through the rough linen here and there – or subtle and sublime. To me they are the essence of wabi sabi. Beautiful, imperfect, changing.

They make bath mats too!

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