What is a Terry cloth?!

Wednesday 03 May, 2017



What is a Terry cloth?!

Terrycloth, terry cloth, terry towelling, terry, or simply towelling is a fabric with loops that can absorb large amounts of water. It can be manufactured by weaving or knitting. Towelling is woven on special looms that have two beams of longitudinal warp through which the filler or weft is fired laterally. The first industrial production of terrycloth towels was by the English manufacturer Christy.
1. Towell Terry is a [woven] fabric with long loops that can absorb large amounts of water. Its content is usually 100% cotton, but may sometimes contain polyester.
It is the length of loops that determines how much fluid is absorbed by the cloth as longer loops provide more surface area to absorb and come in contact with the fluid.
WHAT IS A TERRY TOWEL WEAVE?
A terry towel weave refers to the type of weave that is used to make a soft pile fabric that is particularly good at absorbing moisture. This fabric is known as terry fabric, terry towelling or Turkish towelling. It is constructed with uncut loops on either one or both sides of the fabric. The length of the loops determines how much fluid is absorbed by the cloth as the longer loops provide more surface area to absorb the moisture they come into contact with. Terry fabric was traditionally a woven fabric, but it may also be warp-knitted or weft-knitted. It can be made in different thicknesses, qualities and weights. The towelling is woven on special looms that have two beams of longitudinal warp through which the filler or weft is fired laterally.
The term ‘terry’ comes from the French word ‘tirer’ meaning ‘to pull’, which refers to the pile loops which were pulled out by hand to make the traditional absorbent Turkish toweling. Zero twist weave is often used when manufacturing terry towels. This means the loops in the towelling are not twisted which provides more surface area for the fibres to absorb moisture. This makes the towels extremely absorbent. Zero twist can only be constructed from long staple cotton yarn, such as Egyptian cotton.
QUALITIES
Fabrics made with a terry towel weave are very absorbent, insulating and bulky. It is both easy to care for and durable, holding up well to frequent use and laundering. Terry-towel textiles do not require ironing.
USES IN HOME FURNISHINGS
Due to its super-absorbent nature, Terry woven fabrics are typically used to make bathrobes and towels for the bathroom, beach and kitchen.



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