Here's a story of a family, through five generations, followed the making of a homespun towel. From the growing of the flax to the finished goods, it was a generational thing Each generation taking a part to bring the towel to fruition. Starting in the 1700's, flax from grown on the family plot in Tielge, Germany. There it was picked and dried.
In the early 1800's the flax was spun into thread and later in the 1800's, it was woven into material. In 1903, the material was brought to the U.S. and in 1918 the linen homespun was made into a towel. In 2008 the towel was then gifted to Joy Irene Marie Pollock (Wolf). Joy was the 6th generation (and possibly the last link).
Someone has carefully documented the names, date of birth and death placed with the towel. If you love genealogy, here is a story to follow. I am sure the origin is the Buffalo,N.Y. area.
The towel, itself, is lovely. The fabric feels as soft and smooth as silk. Just wonderful luxurious. It is off white in color with hem stitching along either side and fringed ends. Length is 35-1/2"long x 20-1/4" wide. Very nice condition.