Thomas Utility Cloth

By Mungo


Inspired and practical. Remarkably Markian. 

An attractive tea towel woven with a traditional huck-a-back weave celebrated for its durable and absorbent qualities.Inspired and practical. Remarkably Markian. 

An attractive tea towel woven with a traditional huck-a-back weave celebrated for its durable and absorbent qualities.

About the Collaboration

Mungo are a GOTS-certified homeware textile company based in South Africa. Their mission is to create heirloom-quality woven goods with integrity in an open and transparent manner.

Mungo’s mission is to provide a product of exceptional quality and beauty while providing employment and skills development to the local community. This is something they strive to do in a non-industrial environment.

Together they are working to not only create a great product but also opportunities in skills and job creation, social responsibility and an impact on their local economy – all in an authentic and meaningful way.

Materials & Care

100% organic linen and cotton.
Warm machine wash.
Warm iron.
Tumble dry at low heat.
Do not bleach.


800mm x 550mm

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"Inherent in every Burberry garment is freedom." - Thomas Burberry.

Thomas Burberry was an English gentlemen's outfitter, and the founder of international chain Burberry, one of Britain's largest branded clothing businesses. He is also known as the inventor of gabardine.

Born at Brockham Green near Dorking in Surrey, and educated at Brockham Green Village School, Thomas Burberry was apprenticed to a local draper's shop before he opened his outfitting business in Basingstoke in 1856. Initially, his designs were inspired by everyday clothing worn by commoners. However later, Burberry began to experiment with the development of materials and clothing that could be used for outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. His main interest was developing waterproof clothing as well as a wider range of products. To do so, he partnered with British cotton manufacturers, and aimed to provide weatherproof textiles that would appeal to the growing middle-class and countryside.

Burberry's involvement in the development of waterproof sportsman clothing was showing to be a great success as his business was expanding rapidly. In 1879, Burberry made the revolutionary discovery of gabardine: a tough, tightly-woven and water-resistant fabric made from Egyptian cotton through an innovative process, which attracted positive reviews at the International Health Exhibition in South Kensington and was patented in 1888. This discovery led Burberry to become a world-known name. He was featured in the trade journal Men's Wear in June 1904, where the new fabric was described as being resistant to hot and cold winds, rains and thorns, and would make an ideal weatherproof coat.

Burberry’s gabardine fabric was not just used by elites, but by explorers. In 1893, Norwegian polar explorer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, became the first explorer to use gabardine on his trip to the Arctic Circle. British Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton wore Burberry gabardine for a total of three expeditions in the early 20th century, including the famous Endurance Expedition.

In 1900, Burberry was approached by the British War Office, and was asked to design a coat to replace the military's current heavy coats. This request led Burberry to create the famous gabardine trench coat: "a lightweight cotton raincoat with a deep back yoke, epaulets, buckled cuff straps, a button-down storm flap on one shoulder, storm pockets, and D-ring belt clasps for the attachment of military gear". The coat became a staple product for World War I Soldiers, and eventually, became a staple product in regular civilian life as well. It became the main element of Burberry style, and continues to be present in media today. The trench coat was worn by Humprey Bogart, in Casablanca, and Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany's, contributing to its fame as a style icon seen throughout the world.