How are terry towels made?

Weaving Terrycloth is a little different than other textile weaves...

Terry towels are available in many different qualities and weights. They are also made of different materials, which primarily include cotton, or a blend of cotton/poly/linen. However, the materials or even the quality of towel does not change the manufacturing process much at all. 

The terry weaving technique has been around a long time as it first appeared in France in the year 1841. The process was not always the same as it was first used with silk. Here is a little more history on terry towels. 

  • In 1848, Samuel Holt became known as the first person to weave terry in cotton.
  • In 1850, England’s Henry Christy improved upon this technique by introducing commercial/industrial terry weaving.
  • Since that time, vast improvements have been made relative to quality and speed in this process. Yet, the present-day technique remains very similar to Christy’s original one.
  • The Christy towel company continues to produce some of the best cotton terry towels anywhere in the world. That is one if the reasons we sell them (here). 

We are unable to find any online footage of today's high speed terry looms in action. However, we did find a YouTube video that demonstrates the basic process.

Christy towelsKeep in mind that this process can be applied to both sides of the fabric. The result is a terry (looped) surface on both sides, or a on single side of the towel. 

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