What is that, you ask?
It's a fabric, of course! Not just any fabric, but a super yummy fabric made perfect for a beach day or your Saturday morning yoga class and is your travel BFF. Traditionally Turkish towels are called peshmetals, and were used to cover up during a Turkish hammam. A Turkish hammam is similar to what we call a sauna. For those who live in the warmer weathers, know that we have natural sauna's in our back yards (Miami can get really caliente!).
How are these made, you ask?
First, the cotton needs to be farmed from Turkey's eastern Black Sea and Aegean regions. After it is farmed it is taken to dry. The drying process is what prepares the cotton to be woven by hand (handlooms) or machine looms. Turkish Cotton is known to be more durable and way softer than regular cotton towels. This is possible because of the exclusive extra-long Turkish cotton fibers which create less joins. Turkish Cotton towels have a perfect balance between softness and absorbency, and are lightweight which is what makes it the perfect travel companion.
Why do you need to know this?
Well, we are sure that while you were laying out on your #beachblanket, getting in that tan and some R&R, you've wondered just how in the world was something so soft and perfect made for you? We don't like to leave you guessing (too much, anyway), and we're happy to drop some knowledge bombs on ya!
FUN FACTS: Different parts of the world call Turkish Cotton blankets by different names, check 'em out!
In East Africa they are called a kikoy or kanga's and they're called shuckas towels in other parts of Africa. In Asia they are called sarongs (sound familiar?) and called foutas in the Mediterranean areas.
Where are you taking your Beach Blankets? Let us know!