This original design celebrates the beloved Christmas Ballet - the Nutcracker!
The design is silk-screened, then framed with a hand embroidered border on a 100% cotton dish towel / hand towel / guest towel / bar towel. Three stripes down both sides and hand dyed rick-rack at the top and bottom add a charming vintage touch. Delightfully presented in a fab organdy re-usable pouch!
*Packaged in organdy pouch
*Machine wash cold and line dry
*Measures 20" x 29"
*Made in India
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* The story of the "Nutcracker and Mouse King" was penned by writer, painter, and composer E.T.W. Hoffmann. He was a great imaginist who often wrote of inanimate objects brought to life. Many compare Hoffmann to the Grimm brothers as his tales are often disturbing and dark.
* The Imperial Russian ballet choreographer envisioned a ballet of the Nutcracker story yet chose Marius Petipa to write a libretto based on the light adaptation of the story written by Alexandre Dumas (the first).
* When the full Nutcracker ballet was first performed in December of 1892 it was a bit of a failure. Tchaikovsky, the illustrious Russian composer, described his own composition as "infinitely worse than Sleeping Beauty". He did not live to see the success of his ballet.
Tchaikovsky created a magical musical atmosphere by utilizing the Celesta in his composition. * The Celesta is a lesser known keyboard/percussion instrument with an almost heavenly, celestial sound. It is particularly showcased during the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.