Multitasking, hardworking, lifesaving. Awe-inspiring? Who would have thought the humble kitchen cloth be be all that.
This is what our textile designer, Lenore Schroeder decided to try and achieve when designing the Vadoek Cloth. Motivated by the drab dishcloths she would regularly receive from her mom after she moved out of home, she completely reimagined this kitchen staple and took another step forward in Mungo’s foray into bright colours.
Wanting to maintain the checked design of traditional dishcloths but also add some texture to make hers more interesting, Lenore turned to Mungo’s Master Weaver Stuart Holding’s ancient pattern books and found the mock Leno weave (from the same family as the Mungo Huck). The 3D effect created by the Leno’s interlacing of the warp and the weft allows for greater absorbency in the bulkier parts of the Vadoek, with the strips of plain weave in between helping the cotton to dry quickly. Perfect.
But maybe we’re a little biased? Hmmm. Well, we decided the best way to test out the utility of the Vadoeks would be to take them for a spin in a big, busy kitchen and allow them to speak for themselves. So we gifted a full set to our lovely CBD neighbours, twins Jesse and Jamie Friedberg (former owners of Skinny Legs Café), to use at their newly opened restaurant Between Us on Bree Street.
Helping to serve up some simple, seasonal food for breakfast on a cosy Monday morning, the Vadoeks looked right at home in this beautifully decorated, modern space. Whether they were wiping up spills, protecting palms from hot plates or just casually tossed over a twin’s shoulder waiting to be useful, it felt as if the Vadoeks had been brought to life.
Shown off against a neutral palette of stoneware, wooden furniture and face brick walls, the vibrant personality of every one of the range’s 9 colourways got a chance to shine through. With a cloth colour for every kitchen, you can find your favourite Vaodek in all of our shops and on our online store.