Apr 262013
 

towelsThe majority of today’s towels and robes, and even most bath mats, are made out of Terrycloth, a little known but very common type of fabric that pops up in the most interesting of places.

What ties the sport of cricket, squalling babies, bath time, clothing items and bed-linen together? If you answered “Terrycloth” – or Terry toweling as it is also known – you would be correct. Due to the very specific way that Terry cloth is manufactured, it has an extremely high absorbency rate, which makes it ideal to use in any situation where cloth is needed to soak up large amounts of liquid. Terry also turns up in the unlikeliest of places, and can be found making up wristbands, diapers, sheets, hats, bathrobes, and, of course, towels.

Terry cloth is so special because, while one side of the fabric is straight, the other side is woven in such a way that long loops are formed from each individual strand of cotton. The general terry rule is the longer the loop, the more absorbent the fabric will be, and this is because a longer loop means there is more open fabric area to absorb liquid. Terry cloth is usually manufactured completely out of cotton, but there are instances where lycra and polyester are also thrown into the mix. The manufacturing process, which is, furthermore, extremely complex, involves the fabric being woven on special looms sporting two longitudinal warp beams, and the weaving technique that produces terry cloth is known as “warp knitting”.

Although extremely popular, terrycloth isn’t the only fabric that towels – even monogrammed towels – are made of, and, these days, these bathroom necessities are also made of synthetic microfiber and waffle fabric. Nothing beats the warmth, comfort and absorbency of terry cloth, however, and it’s no wonder that bath robes, bath towels, hand towels and bath mats are almost exclusively made out of this versatile fabric.

Terrycloth may not be named after anyone – the name most likely comes from the French work “terir” meaning to pull through – but almost everyone knows its name.

Jan 062012
 

Towels

My favorite set of towels ever was the cheesy, thin, scratchy bath towels I bought when I was about thirteen years old. There was a reason for their popularity, though, as they had painted on them in cheap and gaudy colors pictures of my favorite superheroes.

I grew up a lonely child whose close friends included Wonder Woman, Spiderwoman and Super Girl. From them I learned truth, justice and, if not the American Way as I was living in Africa at the time, that it was better to align oneself with the light than the dark. The day the superhero carnival came to my tiny town, I saw through the illusion cast by the sweaty and uncomfortable actors in their ill-fitting costumes, but I was entranced by the memorabilia I could buy, and thus did the superhero-embossed the towels come into my life.

I’ve kept those towels for over thirty years now, and, each time I look at them, I’m instantly transported back to a time when everything was so much simpler because the world could be divided into solid colors and solid concepts: Black and white; good and bad. It isn’t, however, the towels themselves that are important – with their slightly out-of-proportion fantastical figures they actually seem rather ridiculous now – it’s the idea behind the towels. It’s the understanding that the towels are souvenirs of a time that no longer exists.

People tend to keep things that mean a lot to them for many years, and, those who are looking to give their loved ones gifts that last should learn The Lesson of the Towels. Towels – including monogrammed towels – are not the only gifts that can be given, however, and, if we continue the bathroom trend, bathrobes and bath mats should also feature on the gift menu. Robes would, in fact, be more personal gifts than towels, and, it also stands to reason that monogrammed robes top the list of desirable bathroom-wear.

The moral of the tale is fairly simple: Memories do last but they sometimes need a little help from something solid…like superhero towels.

 

Oct 212011
 

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Waffles, the sweet and crispy dough-based snacks that are sold throughout the world, are known and loved by just about everyone. All waffles, whether from America, Belgium or Hong Kong, are made by frying dough in a patterned steel grid, and waffle bathrobes are so called due to their fabric’s resemblance to the waffle-grid shape.

It is, however, the fabric’s extremely unusual square-patterned weave that gives it it’s “waffle” label and that makes the robes so very soft yet durable as well as so comfortable yet highly absorbent. Kimono robes are, furthermore, usually double stitched to give them that extra bit of strength, while spa robes are ultra-lightweight and plain waffle robes are known for the speed at which they dry.

Waffles are versatile and can be enjoyed with cream, syrup, fruit, cheese, peanut butter or simply with dusted sugar. Waffle robes are similarly versatile and can be used at home, at the spa or at the gym, and, as they don’t take up a lot of space, they can easily be packed into a suitcase and taken on vacation. Waffle bathrobes also come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes, and, as with monogrammed towels, Waffle robe owners can have their initials embroidered on the latest addition to their bathwear wardrobe in a number of hues and alphabet and letter styles.

Consumers in the market for buying Waffle robes should, while they’re in the mood, also pick up some matching towels and maybe even some bath mats. All three styles of Waffle bathrobe are, furthermore, unisex, and they’re also all machine-washable. They can therefore be enjoyed by the whole family, and, with their discounted prices, free monogramming and free gift-wrapping, they also make first rate gifts.

Whether they’re served with bacon, kiwifruit, chicken, or good old maple syrup, waffles are loved by all, as are the plush and beautiful Waffle bath and spa robes.

Sep 092011
 

Bath Mat

A lot has been written about towels – even monogrammed towels – as well as about bathrobes, but bath mats tend to be the country cousins of the bathroom-decor world as not much is ever heard about them. This is not quite fair, however, as, just like towels and robes, every single bath mat has a lot to offer.

There are several different types and brands of bath mats to choose from, and, if one is decorating a bathroom on a budget, then pure cotton bath mats are the way to go as these are generally the least expensive. They also come in a variety of different colors – enough to match any color-scheme – including smoke blue, garnet red, tearose and moss. Bamboo bath mats, on the other hand, come in such brilliant and weather-themed hues as rain and cloud, and they are made of 60% combed Egyptian cotton and 40% bamboo rayon.

Elegance bath mats are made solely of long staple Turkish cotton, and these reversible mats are also completely machine washable. The words seafoam, moonstone and desert sand conjure up visions of moonlit vistas on far away shores, but they should also conjure visions of beautiful bath mats, and this is merely a sampling of the shades the Elegance mats are available in. Unlike the Elegance mats, Supima bath mats are made of 100% American Supima cotton, and they are known for their sheer luxuriousness. Supima mats also come in colors that will put one in mind of dinner – examples include merlot, bisque and butter – and they are the perfect side-dish to any main bathroom meal.

The most eco-friendly of all the bath mat types must surely be the organic bath mats, which, as their name suggests, are made of certified organically grown cotton. These mats are manufactured in Portugal, and their stunning color options include stone, coffee and Aegean blue. Egyptian cotton mats are different from the rest as they are textured, and they also extremely absorbent because of their unusual thickness. Starkly simple white, cream and charcoal are on the Egyptian cotton bath mat color menu, as are the more complex – but equally as exquisite – shades of air blue, espresso and lite gold.

Given all of the above choices, no one can say that there isn’t a bath mat to suit every single person, every single bathroom and every single occasion.

Jul 092011
 

Towels

Gift-giving holidays like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas teach us that items like monogrammed towels and bathrobes make great gifts, but the world is wide, and there are many exciting and intriguing festival days to be found and enjoyed if only one knows where to look.

Maundy coins may not be in quite the same league as towels or robes, but they are what’s given out in the United Kingdom – and usually by the Queen of England no less! – during Maundy Thursday. This celebration, which commemorates the Last Supper, takes place on the Thursday before Easter and is also known as The Thursday of Mysteries and Covenant Thursday.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is an important holiday and is observed around the world in such diverse countries as India, Mauritius, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Although the exchange of gifts only represents a small part of this fascinating celebration, which, in some cultures, signifies the ascendance of good over evil, the giving of presents among family members is becoming more and more important.

El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla – more commonly known as Cinco de Mayo – is celebrated in both Mexico and the USA, and the practice of giving gifts in celebration of this sometimes rowdy and boisterous holiday has slowly become more popular over the years. Although The Day of the Battle of Puebla is not synonymous with Mexican independence, it does present a good reason to celebrate as it is probably the most well known example of paying homage to the culture and traditions of Mexico.

Although one doesn’t usually see people celebrate Maundy Thursday, Diwali or Cinco de Mayo by giving each other monogrammed bathrobes, towels or bath mats, these types of gifts are extremely popular and are often exchanged during the more traditional Western festivities like Christmas. Children can also join in the fun, and International Children’s Day would be a fine time to give the teenager in your life a personalized terry velour pastel pink kids robe.

Gifts will never go out of fashion, and neither will luxury bathroom accessories.

Jun 092011
 

Kids Velour Bathrobe

Once upon a time, bathrobes were serious garments that were more at home in luxury spas, hotels and resorts than in actual homes. Often very plush and luxurious, robes were almost certainly something reserved for adults, while kids had to make do with wrapping themselves in character towels when the time came for drying off post-bath. These days, things have definitely changed, with bathrobes joining the ranks of bath time fun for kids in a variety of super-creative colors and styles.

Where mom and dad might be more comfortable in white terrycloth, junior is bound to opt out in favor of a bright green “dino” style robe, complete with a flip-up hood and soft sewn “spikes” to complete the look. His sister will dance with delight when she wraps herself up in a princess robe, which can feature popular movie characters and even an embroidered flower or crown that is the pinnacle of style for the under-ten set. A great incentive for tots who dislike the tub to hop in, kids bathrobes are showing up in major department stores everywhere and thankful parents are having a much easier time keeping their kids clean.

Strangely enough, the best time of year to look for these kids robes may be in the summer, not the winter. Why? Many of them masquerade as “bathing suit coverups”, but function perfectly as bath robes too, as both are typically made of absorbent terrycloth. Kids bathrobes, of course, may also be used as bathing suit coverups, with hooded models providing an excellent escape from the glaring sun for sensitive younger eyes at the beach or pool.

Even when bath time or swimming activities are nowhere in sight, these colorful kids robes are a fun addition to dress up play, enabling a child to “transform” into anything from a mermaid to a ninja master, depending on the style mom and dad select for them. A creative dress up “toy”, a safe sun shelter, and a truly interesting towel all in the same product? Perhaps magic isn’t limited to the imaginations of the youngsters wearing these uniquely designed kids robes!

 

May 182011
 

Bamboo Towels

If you’re interested in luxury bath linens, you’ve probably heard about bamboo towels, and you wonder what all the fuss is about. You see that articles and ads of bamboo bath and kitchen products popping up all over. Why are bamboo towels becoming more and more popular?

When we finish with our shower or bath, we want a soft towel. Bamboo towels and bathrobes are naturally soft, and therefore, feel great on the skin. In addition, bamboo towels and robes are absorbent, even more so than cotton. And each time you use them, they get even more absorbent.

One fundamental reason for their popularity is because bamboo towels were advertised as naturally antibacterial due to their fibers. These ads were especially for newborn babies or people with sensitive skin or medical conditions, such as ringworm or athletes foot.

According to some sellers, due to the fact that bamboo towels are antibacterial and sustainable, they are also eco-friendly. Most people are interested in protecting and saving the environment, so many people thought that buying bamboo towels is one way to do that.

A bamboo plant can grow several feet in one day during its season. Therefore, they are easy to restore. The downside to using bamboo is that it is imported, and there are chemicals needed to make bamboo into towels. Bamboo fibers are hard by nature and they need to be processed with chemicals to make soft bamboo rayon from them. When bamboo becomes bamboo rayon, it is not antibacterial any more. Experts agree that when it comes to environmentally friendly options, the use of bamboo rayon as a textile fiber does not qualify.

Although they don’t qualify as antibacterial or eco-friendly, they absorb more water and they are softer than cotton towels. Quality continues to be one of the best ways to get the most out of your money. Bamboo towels are towels of quality. Yes, they cost more, but their construction is better and they last for a long time. Therefore, it is money well spent.  However, make sure you buy your bamboo towels from a company you can trust. Imitations exist in a variety of ways, and the same can happen to bamboo towels.

May 092011
 

towels

I remember being on a family vacation at about the age of ten, and as we were packing up to leave the hotel room, my father started to pack the hotel towels into our suitcases. My mother looked at him with a puzzled expression and asked him what he was doing. He replied, without fanfare, that we were taking the towels home.

“No!” she immediately exclaimed. “That’s tacky.”

They argued about it for a minute or two, but my father finally acquiesced and returned the towels to his rack. His argument had been that the hotel simply expects patrons to take the towels with them, not unlike the mini-soap and the mini-shampoo. My mother had a very different view on the situation, and couldn’t imagine (a) that the hotel wanted us to take their towels or (b) what need we had of the scratchy, white, and oft-used hotel towels at home anyway.

Technology Bests Criminals Again

If that family vacation had been taken today, however, my father might not have been so quick to start packing the towels. These days, many of the fanciest hotels are incorporating radio frequency identification, or RFID-chips, into their towels and robes.

There’s nothing new about RFID-chips. They have long been used to prevent the theft of books, to track the movement of animals, and to prevent illegal logging, but up until now they were not part of a hotel’s security system.

As of April 2011, three upscale hotels have invested in the RFID technology. They’ve put tags on their towels, their bathrobes, and other linens. A hotel in Hawaii says that before they tagged their towels, they would lose an astonishing 4,000 per month to people like my Dad. Now that everything’s tagged, that number has fallen to 750. While there are still 750 towel thefts per month, it’s a heck of a lot better than 4,000. The hotels are said to save almost $16,000 per month. Remember this the next time you’re tempted to take a towel or a bathrobe home with you as a vacation memento!

 

Mar 142011
 

Kimono Robe

Americans do not include the word “kimono” in their vocabulary, but the word is beginning to appear in American companies who sell robes. Kimonos are a traditional Japanese garment worn by both women and men.

If an elderly Japanese couple is seen wearing a kimono, they likely appreciate traditional values. However, for some members of the Japanese culture, such as dancers or geishas, the kimono is worn as well.

Kimonos are made of silk and are usually very expensive. They are generally one-of-a-kind, which means that your kimono design will not be duplicated in another kimono design.

The garments are worn with an obi, otherwise known as a sash. The sash holds it in place. In addition, with the traditional dress, special shoes known as gate or sore are worn with a kimono. One of the main differences between a men’s kimono and a women’s are the sleeves. Women’s sleeves are deeper on kimonos than men’s

The American kimono is not actually a kimono, but in the spirit of a kimono. Consider it a robe. The best robes are usually the most comfortable, more so than the most elaborate. A waffle kimono bathrobe, for example, is a great item to wear after a shower or just around the house.

Mar 092011
 

Bamboo Robe

Anyone who owns a Turkish bathrobe will certainly rave about the quality. Turkey is known for these fabulous treats, made as far back as the middle ages. The region of Denizli is renowned for these items.

One of the reasons to consider a Turkish bathrobe is because these are robes valued in high class hotels and spas. Treating yourself to this product makes your own bath experience that much better.

These are robes that will keep you warm while also absorbing most of the water. You are not left with a soggy, cold bathrobe.

Pay attention to the way you wash the item. Although these are sturdy robes, you’ll want to protect them. Read the label. It is better, with most quality robes, to hang them to dry rather than throw them in the dryer.

Consider a longer Turkish bathrobe to wrap in after a bath or shower. These robes are so cozy, you won’t regret your decision or the money you spent.

If you are not considering one of these robes for yourself, how about as a gift? The robes make perfect holiday or birthday gifts. Choose a color that would best suit your recipient, but that will go well in their bathroom. Some people choose to hang their bathrobe in their bathroom in clear view.

Feb 252011
 

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The word “Zen” is used in popular culture in many ways, but its real meaning is often obscured under layers of confusion. Zen is a lineage, or school, of Mahayana Buddhism. The religion is most prevalent in Japan, but Zen practitioners can be found in other countries around Southeast Asia.

The “Protestantism” of Buddhism

Zen developed as a reaction to more hierarchical, ritualistic forms of Buddhism that were developing in other parts of Asia. Zen practitioners called for a return to Buddhism’s most basic principles, leaving behind some of the ostentation that was forming within other Buddhist schools. Like early Protestant Christians, Zen practitioners wanted a return to the basics of their faith.

The Zen Style

As a result of this call for simplicity, the exterior style of Zen looks and feels very different from other types of Buddhism, such as what is commonly called Tibetan Buddhism. Zen monks and nuns favor simple, neutral-colored robes over the brighter maroons and saffrons in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Their temples, too, have a clean, open, simple look and feel that contrasts sharply from the intricate ornamentation of a Tibetan Buddhist temple.

Zen Ideas for the Home and Bathroom

If you like the look and feel of the open spaces, clean lines, and soft earth tones of the Zen style, consider simplifying your own home into a Zen-like sanctuary. Here are some tips for your making your home more Zen-like:

  • Get away from bright, loud colors and go with tans, chocolates, blacks, and creams instead
  • Use light-colored woods, especially bamboo
  • Decorate the walls sparely, with prints that convey a spiritual meaning
  • Reduce heavy drapes and fill the house with natural light

For your bathroom, try these tips:

  • Use bamboo towels for eco-friendliness and comfort
  • Bamboo bath rugs and bamboo bath mats are also available
  • Trade in the hot pink bathrobe for a tan or cream-colored bathrobe
  • Keep decoration minimal, and use a shade-loving house plant to add a splash of color

Ultimately, Zen is a spiritual tradition and a way of life, not a decorating style. However, you can encourage your inner peace by letting your inner sanctum copy Zen’s design principles.

 

Feb 072011
 

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Cheap cruise trips are rapidly becoming the uppermost choice in high-quality family vacations. For one price, travelers are treated to lodging, food, and use of all amenities on the ship, including their full-service gymnasium and spa. Like all lodging facilities, the tub mat, towels and luxury linens are supplied in the price of the trip; however, not all passengers are happy with these industrial versions of bath accessories.

While planning your fun-filled holiday on a cruise ship, it is always appropriate to bring your own soft bath mats, bath towels and luxurious Turkish bathrobes to use in your cabin or while you are out in public visiting the shipboard spa. Personal eco-friendly monogram robes and lightweight waffle bathrobe styles are fashionable to carry on a cruise ship. These colorful organic cotton bathrobes/towels, kid’s robes, and hand towels speak well of your family while they are used at poolside or in the exercise center.

Cruise travelers often spend time on their clothing choices and fashions while they are traveling to exotic locations. There is no need to wear the scratchy shipboard robes while there is room in your luggage for fashionable terry towels and the stylish professionally monogrammed robes that are so comfortable to wear. Most cruise ship lines offer a self-help laundry service for travelers to use when their swimsuits or personal top-of-the-line bamboo towels need to be refreshed.

Nov 162010
 

Kids Velour Bathrobe

There is a wide variety of clothing for kids on the market today. It’s common to buy your child jeans, t-shirts, pajamas and other typical gear.

But what about kids robes? Robes are not just a comfortable piece of clothing for adults. Children can enjoy them too.

What are the benefits of buying your child a kids robe? There are a variety of benefits, because robes are more than just items to put on after the bath.

Kids robes are perfect for a day at the pool, a day at the beach or just a fun, casual piece of clothing for a lazy weekend at home. What are some of the fabrics that are typical for robes? You’ll find them in terry cloth, velour, cashmere, fleece, cotton, and more.

One of the most comfortable fabrics for robes is velour. Kids robes are very soft and cozy in velour fabrics. Choose kids robes in colors that they would enjoy, such as pink. These robes are always cute and are an easy item for kids to put on themselves. It will be one of their best pieces of clothing. There’s nothing like your favorite robe to slip into every day.