Welcome back dishtowel lovers, to the Inaugural Show of the American Dishtowel Club (ADC)! As we noted at our last meeting, at which we judged the members of the Working Group, our focus is to apply conformation standards to three groups of towels, ultimately to arrive at the Best of Show. (If you have not yet reviewed and voted on the Working Group Towels, you are encouraged to do so now—voting is very tight in this category!)
Today we are pleased to present the towels in our second category, the Sporting Group.
Guidelines: Naturally bright and active, Sporting towels make likeable, well-rounded home companions. Remarkable for their instincts in pleasing humans, these towels live by the creed that “dishtowels just want to have fun.” These towel breeds combine pleasing physical attributes with practical skills, such as drying dishes, wrapping wine bottles as gifts, and covering rising bread dough. They may not have the fortitude and absolute reliability of working group towels, but they actively participate in the décor of the home.
Calendar/ Souvenir Towels
Bright, smart, fun-loving at home
A most popular breed, this towel combines cheery and bold graphics with the practical value of either a yearly calendar or a vacation souvenir of unmatchable use. These towels are highly decorative, although their physical attributes vary greatly within the breed. They are widely available and willing to serve either a working or purely decorative function. Their appeal to humans is largely nostalgic but they are also dependable and sturdy companions.
Souvenir and calendar!
from Neatokeen on Etsy
Happy, eager, and charming
It is common for dishtowels to reflect societal preferences and trends. This can be seen nowhere more clearly than in the 1950s-era towel. Towels of this breed are resolutely upbeat and sociable. Members of the group often have unusual coloration, featuring colors such as avocado green, harvest gold, aqua, and pink, as well as stylized graphics. Potential owners should know that towels of this group are enthusiastic to a fault; they will not behave in a subtle manner or remain quiet, no matter how well trained.
Affectionate and family-oriented; can be individualistic and quirky
While many towels display elements of handwork, towels in this class feature it, even at the expense of practicality. While it is not unheard of that these towels be put to work, their appeal is largely in their commitment to individual achievement in the areas of sewing skills, such as embroidery, appliqué, and crochet. These towels form strong bonds with humans, and reflect their personalities. For this reason, the towels are as individual as their owners.
Applique and embroidery
Risqué Towels/Lipstick Towels
Merry and responsive, alive with energy, and forever young
While not strictly dishtowels, towels of this group are designed for a very specific sporting arena. With their focus on scantily-clad women and romance, these towels are not always at home with more conservative owners. Relentlessly charming and sprightly, though, the members of this breed are likely to bring a smile to most faces. They tend to feature playfulness over sturdiness and may not show the stamina of other members of the class.
Now that you have reviewed the towels in the Sporting Group, we invite you to vote for your favorite; as you vote, please keep in mind that you are voting not for a specific towel but the category as a whole.
We hope you’ll join us next week for the next installment in the American Dishtowel Club Conformation Show. Next up is the Non-Working/Non-Sporting Group!