Japanese Cotton Terry with Washi Thread

Face Towel
Japanese Cotton Terry with Washi Thread
Face Towel
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    Washing with Washi. Bathroom textiles with paper content

    Who would have thought that drying yourself with paper would make you particularly dry? Or at least with textiles made with a proportion of paper yarns? The company Murakami Pile from the Japanese towel stronghold Imabari provides the proof. In addition to cotton, the loops of the terry products are made of a proportion of Washi paper - the traditional, robust Japanese paper, which in the best quality (as is the case here) is made from the bast fibers of the Kozo mulberry plant native to the Asian region and the two daphne plants Mitsumata and Gampi. Washi's material structure makes it softer, lighter and more absorbent, but at the same time more tear-resistant and flexible than classic Western papers. Its use for textiles is not new: it was already used in earlier times as a lining material - for kimonos, for example.

    Murakami buys Washi paper from the province of Mino, which consists largely of Philippine Kozo, the strongest and thickest of the three fiber materials. This paper is cut into 2-4 mm wide strips, twisted into a yarn, and then used for weaving. The positive properties of washi paper are combined with those of the cotton used. In addition, the papery yarns create a slight massage effect. However, similar to linen, washi becomes slightly softer with each use and wash. The washi yarn and cotton differ in color, resulting in a mottled hue.

    Hospitable by tradition. Towels from Imabari

    60% of towels in Japan are made in the Japanese town of Imabari, in Ehime Prefecture, in the north of the island of Shikoku. There are 4,000 looms per less than 160,000 inhabitants here, including over 120 companies authorized to produce towels under the "Imabari Towel" quality label. The water used for bleaching the textiles comes from underground flowing springs that are particularly low in lime and heavy metals, especially from the Sōja River - a circumstance that has indirectly promoted the concentration of companies producing bathroom textiles. The use of the soft water makes the towels particularly pliable and at the same time allows dyes to penetrate deep into the textile fibers. The result: exceptionally soft and intensely colored linens. It has always been a tradition in the region around Imabari to support pilgrims on the 1,200 km long Shikoku Pilgrimage Route (one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage routes) on their journey with food, money, but also towels - and this hospitality should also be reflected in the quality of the textiles produced here.

    One of the mandatory quality criteria for "Imabari Towels" concerns the ability to absorb water: a 1 × 1 cm piece of the fabric must be able to sink to the bottom in water within five seconds - an indication that the towel is capable of absorbing water and also other liquids without prior washing. Accordingly, Imabari Towels are characterized by absorbing moisture extremely quickly.

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    Article Number 17836

      70% cotton, origin in the USA. 30% paper yarn (washi), origin in Japan. Fabric weight 360 g/m² (Fabric weight of the bath mat: 1,200 g/m²). Machine washable up to 60 °C. Comes in mottled black. Manufactured in Japan.
      Bath towel. 80 × 150 cm.
      Shower towel. 60 × 120 cm.
      Face towel. 34 × 81 cm.
      Guest towel. 34 × 34 cm.
      Bath mat. 50 × 70 cm.
      34 × 81 cm
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