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A peshtemal (also spelled peshtamal, pestamal or pestemal; from Turkish: peştamal) is a traditional Turkish towel used in Turkish baths. A staple of the Ottoman hamam culture, dating back hundreds of years, the pestemal was originally designed to help individual bathers maintain their privacy. Today, this light weight garment lends itself perfectly to quotidian use. In addition to being a wonderful bath towel due to its high absorbency, the pestemal dries faster than its thicker counterparts. Turkish cotton has long fibers that open up with use, allowing the thin towels to be highly absorbent. It is also used to indicate which region people are from and is a part of a deep cultural tradition. There are many kinds of peshtemal, with different styles and colors in different areas of Turkey.
The peshtemal absorbs water as fast as a traditional towel, dries very quickly, takes up less space, is easy to carry and is therefore used as an alternative to the towel in bathrooms, pools, spas, beaches, sport facilities and for baby care. The peshtemal fabric is made of 100% cotton produced in manually operated looms in Turkey.