May Day 1895 tea towel May Day 1895 tea towel
May Day 1895 tea towel May Day 1895 tea towel
£12.00

May Day 1895 tea towel

Towards the end of the 19th century, Walter Crane, a socialist and illustrator of children's stories, embarked on an annual project to produce illustrations celebrating May Day for the socialist magazine The Clarion. As a member of the Arts and Crafts movement, Crane was in favour of social reform at the same time as condemning the dehumanising effects of industry. In his illustration for May Day 1895, Crane includes slogans that underline this philosophy: "the land for the people", "no child toilers", "production for use not for profit", "the plough is a better backbone than the factory", "shorten working day and lengthen life" etc.

Specifications: Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48 x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.