Kitchen towels. They’re a relatively quick sewing project, perfect for beginning and intermediate seamstresses so we often give this project to new artisans. And they’re fun to create because they’re also a staple of every kitchen. Drying your hands, mopping up spills, covering fresh baked bread – a kitchen towel is used in a myriad of ways.

One of our most popular towel styles has been the waffle weave. We completely sold out of them this past spring and hadn’t been able to restock since our towel supplier was out as well! But finally, they restocked and we ordered. The new batch of these absorbent towels just came in, along with a shipment of gorgeous fabrics from India.

Win north carolina made fair trade towels

We’re trying to decide what two fabrics to use as we prepare the production kits. We’ve created our samples with two traditionally African fabrics – a Ghanian Kente and a Dutch wax print – as well as two block stamped Indian fabrics – tie dyed elephants and a blue/black/green elephant procession.

Now we need your help. Please vote on your two favorite style AND share this post with your friends! The more feedback we can get, the more likely we’ll choose styles that will sell. And the more towels that sell, the more work our two refugee mom seamstresses will get! (It’s a bit like When You Give a Mouse a Cookie, just the social enterprise version…)

Also, we’ll choose one survey entrant to win a set of their fav kitchen towels! It can either be one of those in our fall lineup or a towel that’s available in our Etsy store. These make wonderful fair trade hostess gifts or provide a global chic flair to your kitchen.

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