Good To Know
A terry cloth towel is a fabric woven or knitted with loops of thread on a ground base. It is usually made of cotton and is known to be a very effective absorbent of water.
Owing to its high absorption capacity, terry towels are used for a number of things, most popularly as bath towels. It is used around the kitchen as dish towels and cleaning towels.
While cotton is a plant that carries a seed in a thin layer of fabric and is harvested, terry cloth is essentially the fabric made of cotton which is absorbent.
French terry fabric is usually made of 100% cotton. However, there are instances when a certain percentage of rayon, polyester, spandex or lyra has been mixed with cotton.
You will be surprised to know that the first terrycloth was made out of silk in France in 1841. Cotton terrycloth was first made by Samuel Holt, an Englishman in 1848.