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A peshtemal (also spelled peshtamal, pestamal or pestemal; from Persian~ Fa puştmāl پشت مال back towel § Fa puşt پشت back + Fa māl مال cleaning) is a traditional towel used in baths. A staple of Ottoman hamam culture, dating back hundreds of years, the pestemal was originally designed to help individual bathers maintain their privacy. In addition to being highly absorbent, pestemals dry faster than thicker towels. Cotton has long fibers that open up with use, allowing the thin towels to be highly absorbent.
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 modern Turkey, historically in Antioch.