Peshtemal is a woven cloth that used to cover the body in hammam or bath, or wrapped from the waist to prevent contamination of clothes while working. At the same time, pestemal is the traditional Turkish towel. Peshtemal has reached to the present from the historic Turkish hammam era. It has a history of nearly six hundred years in Anatolia. You can hear that some call them fringet towel, tassel towel or Turkish towel.
In some cultures almost the same products have different names like sarong, kikoy, kangas, shukas or fouta. Sarong or sarung is a given name in Asia. Kikoy or kikoi is using in East Africa. Kangas or kanga is the same which is using in Afrika. Shukas is using in Africa. Fouta is generaly used in the Mediterranean region. Finally the same tradition have different names upon regions. Some call it fringed towel.
How is produced Peshtemal?
Turkish towel peshtemal is a handicraft. Throughout history this Turkish towel was produced by weaving on hand looms by women in Turkey's eastern Black Sea and Aegean regions. Nowadays, pestemal is woven on advanced looms, because of the widespread use of electricity.
This kind of Turkish towels produced by hand labor. Peshtemal has got a rich color harmony. There are distinctive patterns on this Turkish type bath towel. Pestemal is also traditional clothes that used by all persons, old or young, especially, in the Black Sea region. Colors, represents the inhabited region of the person who wearing it.
The silk pestemal called as Fota. However, peshtemal is usually woven by linen yarn or cotton yarn.
Where and how to use Turkish Towel Peshtemal?
Peshtemal primarily used as hammam towel in Anatolia. Sultans of the Ottoman dynasty were also wearing pestemal in the hammam. According to the ancient Turkish traditions when a couple decided to marry they were giving to each other bath set as a gift. Turkish towel pestemal was the most indispensable piece of this set.
This Turkish hand-woven has also been used for clothing in the old days. Even said that peshtemal has arisen as the main apparel of humanity. Later both was changed the form and was varied.
Nowadays, pestemal used as bath towels an as bathrobe at beaches, in saunas, baths and Turkish hammams. Women wrap the peshtemal from the armpit and men wrap from the waist.
Turkish Towel Pestemal is preferred in travel because of being thin and light and also very easy to dry. It is absorptive as terrycloth. Peshtemal also used as authentic beach pareo as well as it used as beach towel.
Pestemal that succeeded in being the trend of recent times, after the beaches of Turkey began to be used on the world-famous beaches such as St. Tropez and Cannes. In these days a lot of celebrities seem with pestemal on the beaches.
Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Robert De Niro, Steven Spielberg and Bill Gates among the celebrities that use Pestemal in the beaches.
At the same time pestemal is used as home textiles such as table cloth or seat cover.
Classes of Peshtemal
Cotton On Body
The cotton which enters the both groups of fiber plants and oil plants is a very important plant that meets the needs of the basic raw materials of industry. It grows in hot and humid climate. Despite it has got a long history going back until BC 330, the actual development of the cotton has been during the period of the Seljuk Turks in 11th century and during the period of the Ottoman Turks in 14th century.
In Turkey cotton is being grown in Aegean, Southeastern Anatolia and East Mediterranean Region Regions. Cotton yarns obtained by the processing of fibers which are taken from the seeds of the cotton cocoon and then vitalize the most beautiful peshtemals. CottonTurkish towel pestemal is preferable due to being natural, hygienic, highly permeable, antistatic, refractory and absorbent.
By the reason of increasing the passions of people to natural substances, cotton pestemal maintains its attractiveness and used more and more.
Linen and Towel
Linen; simple, cool, natural, durable and elegant ...
Linen is a natural fiber. It is produced by flax plant stalk. This plant grows in damp and cold climates. The highest quality of flax is grown in Turkey's western Black Sea and Marmara regions. Linen have been used in textiles since ancient times. Poets have named the linen as woven air because of the extraordinary thinness. Three processes are applied to the flax plant, until become to fiber; leaving to rot, mashing and spinning. After these processes it is turned into yarn and woven. And so begins the story of linen pestemal.
Linen Turkish towel pestemal is very durable and dustproof. The color of linen pestemaldoes not fade under the sun. It provides comfort and convenience with the texture of soft, absorbent and lint tissue.It reflects the light due to the function of the brightness and thus gives coolness. Linen pestemal becomes even more beautiful when it got old.
What Is Bamboo?
Bamboo is a tree which grows in the Far East and has antibacterial feature. Bamboo fibers prevents growth of bacteria with the characteristics of high moisture absorption, good permeability and reversibility. The crosscut of bamboo fiber is not circular, it has got lobed appearance. Bamboo fiber absorbs the sweat due to this texture and evaporates it in a second channel. Thus, it allows you to feel cool and comfortable in the hot ambients such as baths, beaches or hammams. The textile products that made of bamboo fibers has got the features of soft grip, comfort, resistance to washout, color fastness and antistatic. Bamboo Turkish towel pestemals have got a high endurance against alkaline, acid fungi. They also partially protect against ultraviolet (UV) rays. They are eco-friendly, organic and natural.
Bamboo pestemals, allows the body to breathe more easily. Owing to anti static feature it does not stick to the body.