With a background in vintage denim, I do find myself drawn to a good selvedge. Being Irish, I also get very excited by beautiful linen. Imagine my joy then when I discovered a premium linen napkin with a coloured selvedge!
Our latest napkin comes from Mungo, which was founded in 1998 by Master Weaver Stuart Holding and is based in the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Mungo is a unique textile company with the rare ability to create fabrics from the inception of design to the final product, ensuring all products are from an ethical and quality beginning.
The linen is woven on newly restored Ruti looms, which produce a closed, sturdy selvedge.
Initially known as ‘self-edge’, the selvedge is the narrow, tightly woven band on both edges of the fabric. A selvedge end prevents the edge of the fabric from unravelling and shows a clean, finished look. Different fabric companies used to have their own colour of selvedge - Levi's was originally white.
The Mungo selvedge is made from different colours, and we are currently offering grey, white and pink. It is made to last and will only look better as it is used and washed (at a practical 40') for many years. I look forward to passing mine down to my children, and I can only imagine how wonderful they will look by then.