Beach Towel Mandala Flowers Pattern Yoga Style9881642-violet
- Thickness: 4 mm
- Material: Cotton
- Length : 147cm*147cm
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Known as a “pestemal,” the original Turkish towel was a flat, woven sheet of linen or fine cotton which may have originated as part of a pre-wedding bathing ritual for the bride. The pestemal was long and thin, made to be wrapped around the body and may have included hand-embroidered markings. Decorations with embroidery were replaced by increasingly vivid, bold or intricate patterns in the weaving. As use of the towel spread, the weaving of the towels shifted more like the weaving of rug and were nearly as expensive.
By the 18th century, double-layer towels with “loops” from one of the fabric layers became standard and were called “havly” which meant “with loops.” Over time, the shape of the towel changed slightly, becoming less narrow as the “havlu” known today. Turkish towels, woven in the traditional manner are still highly prized today.
The towel became a mainstream affair in the 19th century. The development of the cotton trade and industrialization made a production of “terry-toweling” affordable. Towels became available as cloth yardage or in a “pre-made” form. As people became more familiar with towels, varying sizes and shapes were created for the hands, face, and body and for the kitchen.
Consumers have demanded that towels used for the bath become thicker and heavier. Today, we consider a bath towel which is denser to be of higher quality, and as the thickness increases, so does the price.