Here, Try This Thing: Ewyenper Atwatye Artists Linen Tea Towels
There’s no such thing as too many tea towels. Fact. Next time you’re adding a few to that bottom-kitchen-draw collection reach for these perfectly oat-coloured hand-silk-screened numbers, drawn by Ewyenper Atwatye artists from Alice Springs.By Molly Urquhart
I’m not sure if I’ve ever bought something so quickly after first seeing it as I did these tea towels. You see, there are few things I love more than the combo of Australiana nostalgia and tea towels. Lucky for me the two often go hand-in-hand. Naturally, when I spotted these gawjus numbers on Aboriginal Contemporary’s Instagram, an Aboriginal art gallery in Bronte, Sydney, I was very swift to get them in a cart and in my kitchen.
There are three different styles for sale and they’re each hand-silk-screened onto linen by Ewyenper Atwatye artists in workshops run by Tangentyere Artists, an Aboriginal-owned not-for-profit art centre in Mparntwe, Alice Springs. One depicts a few pieces of toast with a generous swipe of Vegemite. Another offers my favourite meal: “a hot cuppa tea, white with two sugars”. The last? A plate of Arnott’s Yo Yos. Don’t make me choose a favourite ‘cause I can’t.
Due to the linen nature of these TTs, they make for the perfect scone/Iggy’s loaf/cake wrapper. They’re breathable and light, and after a few washes, soft as. My suggestion? Save your Kmart numbers for the wiping and keep these guys on hand for your next picnic, or for the aforementioned wrap. You’ll feel like you have an artwork hanging from your oven handle.
Tea towels are 30 bucks a pop and worth every penny. Grab yours here.
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