Earlier this year Mr B and I travelled to Bali for a bit of relaxation and inspiration and found both to be abundant in supply. On the 3rd day of our trip, I decided to check out the shops near our hotel and indulge in some feel good shopping. Walking along the road in Seminyak one shop caught my eye, it had a display of what I thought were scarves in the front window so I made my merry way inside.
On display were Turkish Towels, I’d never heard of them before and it was at that moment that a mild obsession began to form. I was to learn that Turkish Towels also know as pestemals had a number of uses including, bath towel - one that you can wrap yourself in over and over and over, beach towel, sarong, tablecloth and even a scarf. I knew I had to add them to our lifestyle collection and set out to learn more about this versatile weave.
Turkish Towels have been around for hundreds of years and have been used in bath houses, also known as hammans, a place of physical and spiritual purification. Turkish Towels are given to bath house users to wrap themselves in as they make their way through the bath house hot room, cool room and bathing areas where they are washed, scrubbed and massaged. These days the towels are available for use by anybody inside and outside of a bath house.
Upon returning home I began sourcing Turkish Towels and found a range that were handmade, using traditional hand looms and coloured with vegetable dyes. Vegetable dyes are obtained from renewable sources, are biodegradable and are less toxic than synthetic dyes which makes it better for our health. 100% Cotton towels are soft on the skin and will continue to soften with each wash. They are highly absorbent, lightweight and fast drying.