Bath towels are pieces of woven fabric that is either, cotton or cotton-polyester, so it could be used to soak up moisture from the body after taking a shower. Regularly sold in a set together with hand and face towels and wash cloths, bath towels are usually woven with a pile or a loop that is spongy and absorbent.
Although generally produced out of a single color, bath towels and kitchen towels are also decorated with embroidery, jacquard patterns and printed in many designs. Beach towels are generally produced in colorful and vibrant designs. However, towels are generally exposed to a lot of water and are washed more frequently so printed towels may not maintain its pattern for a long period of time. As one of the largest weaving firms in Sri Lanka, Creative Textile Mills manufactures high quality towels in Sri Lanka that are attractive in design and durable in quality.
Bathing wasn’t as collectively popular 200 years ago as it is today and while towels were manufactured, it was considered more as a hand and face towel. It was only during the late 1890’s that soft and more absorbent towels replaced the plain linen towel. Weaving factories were established by the end of the 19th century and towel manufacturing have been in mass production ever since.
Cotton or cotton and polyester are the raw materials used in towels. Certain towel factories procures cotton, the primary raw material, in 500 lb bales which are then spun with synthetics to get the type of yarn needed for production. Some factories, however, acquire the yarn from suppliers.
The manufacturing process
Combing of the cotton fibers: Cotton fibers go through a combing process before being spun. This process helps in removing short fibers and the longer fibers which remain are spun.
Spinning: Cotton fibers are put through a swiftly revolving drum. In this process, the fibers are spun into yarn.
Warping: The thin yarns are warped tightly together so it becomes stronger. This process determines the thickness, absorption, strength and durability of a yarn.
Dyeing: After the fibers are spun into yarn, the dyeing process begins. The cotton is normally dyed in package form where the cotton yarn is gently wound and dyed.
Weaving: The bath towels are then woven on looms. The texture and pattern of a towel is adjusted to create fine detailing of the towels.
Cutting, folding and packaging: The towels are carefully inspected, then hand folded and conveyed to packaging. The packaged towels are finally sent to the stock room before being transported.