Our kitchen tea towels are special because they are artfully designed and created by our family and then woven on old jacquard looms in Czech Republic, Europe. The detailed weave work and traditional craftsmanship is what separates them from most productions of similar items. They are 100% cotton so they are not only decorative pieces, but they are perfectly usable as well. The more they are used, washed and dried, the more soft and moisture absorbent they become. We recommend washing and drying at lower temperatures, because, as with all cotton, high temperatures will cause them to shrink slightly.