How I moved to Poland and survived
Well, for me it doesn't look like makatka either, more like a kitchen towel. My grandma used to have something like that and they were just towels. Very unusual these days.
A girl looks some kind of Dutch...
I was looking for a Polish makatka, but I got a Dutch kitchen towel. What a surprise! It's such a pity to use it as a towel. It's just so cute.
It might be a regional thing, but my grandma would have used it as a makatka. As a matter of fact, she did :) The difference would be not to have the makatka on the wall, but rather hanging on a kinda towel rack https://www.google.se/search?q=polka+na+makatke+kuchnia&espv=2&biw=960&bih=447&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMI-OOsoZeEyQIVBANzCh2IogwW#imgrc=z9qYZJFMFknRuM%3A We (the grandchildren) were tempted to use it as a towel, but Grandma got really angry if we did. It was supposed to be a decoration... So I think your intuition was right :)
I have just found more information on makatkas http://wiano.eu/article/1124 .It seems like what you have come across is a makatka after all, and it is very much Polish despite a Dutch motive on it. And I got an explanation as to why my Grandma wouldn't like us children to use it as a towel: there must have been a regular towel behind the makatka...
Maria Agdalena - Thank you so much for the information and the research behind it. I will keep my eyes open for a good rack to hang it on...then I will forbid my family to touch it ;) just like your grandma!
Vaguely remember those double towel racks from my childhood - the proper towel was hidden behind makatka indeed!https://img0.etsystatic.com/025/0/8154589/il_340x270.633845600_pdzw.jpg
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