The real wellness feeling
A towel or bathrobe made of high-quality terry cloth gives a fantastic feeling of well-being. Being embraced by a luxuriously thick towel, the feeling that you can disappear into it...
The reasons why terry cloth is used for many bathroom textiles are clear:
- Terry cloth is soft, even after regular washing and drying.
- It is a smoothly flowing fabric.
- It has a good absorbing feature, provided it is made of the right material.
As in many fabrics, there are also differences in terry cloth. The diversity is determined by:
- Fabric weight
- Loop length and density
- Raw material
- Production process
- Lightweight terry cloth: Terry cloth weighing approximately 300 g/m² to 400 g/m² can be considered lightweight. This type of terry cloth is often thinner and suitable for summer towels, for example.
- Standard weight terry cloth: Most common terry cloth towels have a weight between 400 g/m² and 600 g/m². These are suitable for everyday use and offer a good balance between absorbency and durability.
- Heavyweight terry cloth: Terry cloth weighing 600 g/m2 to 800 g/m2 is considered heavyweight. This type of terry cloth is thicker and can be considered more luxurious, with more absorbency.
Loop density – and length
In addition to the weight, the loop density of terry cloth, also called the "pile density", is also decisive for a terry cloth. Loop density is determined by the number of loops per square inch or per square centimeter. In general, terry cloth can have a loop density ranging from 300 to 800 loops per square inch (about 47 to 124 loops per square centimeter).
This density affects the absorption capacity and appearance of the terry cloth. The more loops per unit area, the softer and more absorbent the fabric. In general, loop densities vary, and the exact number of loops can depend on several factors, including the production method and the intended use of the terry cloth.
The longer the loop, the more moisture can be absorbed.
The quality of cotton yarn is of course decisive for all fabrics and not just for terry cloth. The following facets of yarn are decisive:
- Fiber length: Longer cotton fibers are generally considered higher quality because they are stronger. But also because thinner yarns can be made from long fibers. With longer fibers, fewer fibers are logically needed in the length and therefore fewer fiber ends. Which in turn produces a smoother yarn.
- Uniformity of fiber thickness: Quality cotton typically has a uniform thickness of fibers, resulting in even yarn without knots or thick spots. This contributes to the flexibility and consistency of the yarn.
- Purity: High-quality cotton yarn is made of pure cotton fibers without impurities, and of course no admixture of synthetic fibers. Pure cotton yarn is softer and more comfortable to work with than blended yarn.
- Spinning Process: The spinning process, in which the fibers are twisted into yarn, can affect the quality of the resulting yarn. A precise and careful spinning process ensures even yarn with consistent twist and tensile strength.
- Finishing: Quality cotton yarn can undergo various finishing processes to improve its properties, such as mercerization to increase luster and strength, and pre-shrinking to minimize shrinkage when washed.
- Colour fastness: High quality cotton yarn retains its color well even after repeated washing and exposure to sunlight. Colour fastness is an important aspect of the quality of dyed cotton yarn.
- Durability: Quality cotton yarn is generally more durable and less prone to wear and deformation under normal use.
Terry cloth can be woven and knitted. The characteristic difference is that the woven terry cloth has loops on both sides of the fabric. Knitted terry cloth has loops on one side and is smooth on the other side.
Products of terry cloth in the Bo Weevil range
All sizes of towels from Bo Weevil, including the baby towel and the hair towel, are made of woven terry cloth of 450g/m². There are relatively long loops on both sides. The towels are very soft even after frequent use and absorb moisture well. The thicker the towel, the longer it takes for the towel to dry after use, on the washing line and in the dryer. That is why we have chosen not to make the towels too thick.
According to our standards, a towel should remain of good quality for at least 5 years with weekly use and washing.
All Bo Weevil bathrobes are made of woven terry cloth of 500g/m². There are loops on both sides of the terry cloth. We have opted for a heavier quality for the bathrobes to give the bathrobes an extra luxurious and comfortable feeling.
Using organic cotton terry cloth has another advantage. Because the fabric is not treated with chemicals during the production process, there are no chemical residues in the fabric. This reduces the chance of skin irritation caused by the substance. This is a major advantage with products that come into direct contact with bare skin.