do cotton towels look and feel the way they do? Many
different elements go into the engineering of a 100
percent cotton towel to enable it to dry your body.
Cotton is hydrophilic -- having a strong affinity for
water -- as compared to synthetic fibers that are
hydrophobic -- lacking an affinity for water.
Water-loving cotton absorbs and acts as a blotter to
remove the water from your body. Hydrophobic fibers do
not absorb and feel damp to your touch.
The terry loops in a towel further enhance its drying
ability. The more loops, the greater the drying power.
Another measure of a towel’s drying ability is its
thickness. Thick towels contain more cotton yarn; the
thick loops will dry you better than thin loops made
with less cotton.
Make Sure It’s Cotton
Since cotton content plays such an integral role in
the effectiveness of towels, it is important to make
sure you are purchasing cotton.
Many towels carry the Seal of Cotton trademark which
identifies it as a 100 percent cotton product.
Also, towel manufacturers and many retailers have
quality standards for their towels. Dealing with
established stores and buying 100 percent cotton
towels manufactured by major U.S. textile mills
ensures that you will receive the very best value in
your towel purchases.
such a wide variety of types of towels on the market,
it can be challenging to determine which type is best
help in your decision-making, following are
definitions for each type of cotton towel.
– cotton terry towels are woven on a loom. Terry
towels utilize an additional yarn to form loops
which cover both sides of the towel. These loops are
normally referred to as "Pile" or "Loop Surfaces."
– colorful designs are printed on the surface of
either terry or velour towels. Designs are normally
printed on one side.
– velour or sheared towels are produced in the same
fashion that terry is produced with an additional
process that cuts the terry loops on one side. The
aesthetics of the velour side provide a decorative
look. The terry side should face the skin for
– either terry or velour, these are patterned
towels. The design is woven right into the towel and
is constructed on a special type of loom.
– in order to provide more fashion to towels, some
manufacturers add embroidery or lace to a towel.
This variety helps add a decorative look to a