Kitchen Towel, Sunday, Resting

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linen fabric, cotton embroidery thread
27 13/16 × 17 3/16 in. (70.6 × 43.6 cm)
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Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Theresa Allen
The embroidered design on this linen towel reserves it for kitchen décor rather than for drying dishes. Stitched in cotton thread on a white towel is a woman sitting in bed wearing a blue gingham robe. A man wearing a white apron bears a tray with a blue-and-white teapot and cup, while a child next to the bedside touches the woman’s hand. All look at the viewer, rather than one another. The towel is part of a days-of-the-week set made from a needlecraft kit, a popular creative endeavor in the 1940s, when smaller, single-family homes and new appliances eased the burden of housework for middle-class women. In contrast to housekeeping tasks such as ironing, baking, and sewing depicted on the Monday through Saturday towels, the woman rests on “Sunday.” Blanche Ford Hart (1897-1992) likely embroidered these towels for use in the family’s kitchen. Her mother, Mary Thompson Ford (1861-1960), was both college-educated and a proud homemaker in Jersey City, NJ. An apron and a tablecloth complete the days-of-the-week collection (2008.0002.0006a-g).
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