Audre Lorde Tea Towel
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Audre Lorde Tea Towel

Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet: that’s how Audre Lorde described herself.

Born in February 1934, Lorde was also a feminist and civil rights activist whose work drew attention to the lived experience of oppression in a patriarchal, racist and homophobic society. For liberation movements to succeed, she argued in her trail-blazing collection of essays Sister Outsider, they must not only seek to find common ground in the experience of oppression: they must also recognise and embrace difference. Too often, feminism in the United States had focused on white women, ignoring the very different experiences of black, gay, working-class and disabled women.

Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm 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.

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The Radical Tea Towel company was a great find. They are a company on a mission to promote and celebrate radical and inclusive values and we are all here for it!

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The Radical Tea Towel Company

Bea, Tim, and Luke, the founders of The Radical Tea Towel, were inspired by Bea's mother, Pat, who was a radical. Pat was a socialist, a feminist, and a peace campaigner, known for her unwavering loyalty as a mother and grandmother. She lived her values, speaking her mind with politeness and engaging with people from all walks of life. When Pat passed away in 2010, Bea wanted to find a meaningful gift for her partner, David, who shared her mother's politics. Unable to find a political tea towel online, Bea, Tim, and Luke decided to start their own company.

Despite their lack of business experience, they believed that there were others who wanted to give gifts that carried a message, made people think, and offered hope. They designed their own tea towels and had them manufactured in the UK with ethical partners. The response was overwhelming, with customers sharing their designs and blogs on social media, spreading the message of radical history. As they continue to grow their small business, they are proud to educate others about the origins of rights and freedoms.

Though Pat and David would likely tease them for participating in 21st-century social media capitalism, Bea and her family hope they would also be proud of their efforts. With gratitude for the support they've received, they continue to promote their vision of a more progressive and enlightened world through The Radical Tea Towel.


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