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Thin White Cotton Towel For Wet Hair?

Discussion in 'Clothing & Apparels' started by Rihana, Jul 29, 2021.

  1. Rihana

    Rihana Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    In America, want to buy a thin white cotton towel to wrap around shoulder-length hair after taking head bath. Minimum size 24 x 36 inches.

    Don't want microfiber material and no "hair turban." The cloth will be wrapped around the wet hair and lay in a loose knot at the nape of the neck.

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    Any ideas where to buy this or equivalent in America? Getting from India is ruled out.

    I do have a basic sewing machine so I can stitch the ends if I find fabric by the yard.
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    I had a couple of these from India many years ago and can't find them now. Mornings have become hectic as I have started cooking every morning. The routine is to shower, come to the kitchen with hair dripping wet, start the lunch cooking (one pot one shot). So, I want that towel to wrap around the hair while in the kitchen.

    I've already looked at cotton salon towels and even dish rags, dish cloths to stitch together and use. They are not good.
    https://www.amazon.com/Texan-Oasis-Salon-Cotton-Towels/dp/B08P229663
    https://www.amazon.com/Glynniss-Dishcloths-Kitchen-Absorbent-Cleaning/dp/B0823J59FN/

    Also tried using some old very-washed cotton sarees. The material is too limp.
     
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    Very light weight, and open-weave towels from the weavers of Andhra and Coimbatore/TN, are often on the shoulders of politicians who'd wear native garments during electioneering, or as an identifying uniform.

    These towels are woven in big jumbo rolls, and would have gaps of no weft fibers [warp are longitudinal fibers, and weft are cross fibers that come from the shuttles in the loom going back and forth] for every towel length. In shops, we could buy towels by count, and cut them at home, as and when needed.

    Those indian towels are used to whip water off the hair. I couldn't find a suitable video of that. These are comfortable to wear on wet hair like how the OP describes.

    The closest thing we could get in USA is the flat-weave towels... sold in Target these days. These flat-weave towels are still not the ideal -- they get heavier as they absorb and retain water. The Indian open weave towels would just wick water away into the clumped areas of the towel. And they might drip when the clumps are too high. Dang... I need videos and pictures for this.
     
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    Thanks! I did look at etsy earlier but found only this: Indian Towel | Etsy $35 and doesn't say size. The links you gave are better. And below the links it suggested this 160 X 70 Natural Indian Handspun Hand woven 100% | Etsy

    70 x 160 inches!!! Covers a long dining table. : ) I can cut into 3 of size 50x60 inches...
     
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    LOL.. I also was looking for videos and only shady ones of South Indian actresses in varying states of deshabille turned up in search. :facepalm:

    You are right about the weavers of Coimbatore/TN. Our neighbor aunty was from Palladam or Podunur and used to get them for us every few years. The other years she used to get a heavy dosa tawa or two which used to be in high demand in the neighborhood.

    Feeling so homesick tonight as I remember all the neighborhood aunties gathering around the "outside" taps in backyards to discuss and debate the best way to "condition" the tawas.
     
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    So true about the videos.... women in mundu wrapped wet saree around their armpits, bent at waist, so as to let the long wet hair hang to one side, holding that loose-weave towel, folded lengthwise, holding in both hands like a skip-rope, and whipping off the water from the hanging tresses of hair.
    BMI >25 is always so annoyingly diverting attention away from the hair to other parts of the bioscope. :facepalm:
     
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    Can send courier to Amreeka. Ha ha.
    No idea about it's Availability in America but for time being you can use cotton duppatas/unused cotton sarees and use it until you source them. Cotton duppattas maybe thin so with your basic sewing skills you can make a double layer n use it.

    Since I was not allowed to use new clothes on my new born I had done this with my MIL's old sarees.. Until a certain age I used this as a towel r
    to wipe her and also used as a swaddle.
     
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