Willow pattern perfection
The classic blue and white willow pattern on thick rich vintage linen tea - this one is the bluebirds knees. A creamy, oversized linen teatowel featuring waterside landscape and willow pattern story:
The beautiful daughter (Koong-se) of a wealthy mandarin had fallen in love with her father's humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father. (It was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class.) He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart. The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke. The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift. The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.
On the eve of the daughter's wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed. As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised. They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand. They eventually escaped on the Duke's ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years. But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge. Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death. The gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves.
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Size: She fits a 55x55cm cushion insert, not included.
Fabric: Original vintage linen tea towel with dusty pink linen reverse.
Care: cold machine wash, dry in shade. Do not tumble dry.