The collection of sea caverns, Blue Grotto in Malta, inspired our Blue Grotto Pestamel. This piece's vibrant blue color reflects the popular swimming, diving and snorkelling destination.
Pestamels (pronounced (pesh-te-mahl) are traditionally worn in the Turkish bath, Moroccan hammam, or sauna. Pestamels are so versatile; they are loomed to be flat and light-weight. The towel is thin in nature but ultra absorbent, making the perfect beach towel, bath towel or throw. Uses are endless!
65 in. x 40 in.
Each piece we sell can be traced back to a family workshop, made sustainably and ethically in southern Turkey. Slowly handcrafted on old-style shuttle looms, some pieces taking days to make.
Aside from the environmental benefits, organic cotton is more absorbent, dries faster, remains soft, and is better at reducing moisture-induced bacteria, which means your products will never smell musty.
Most towels are produced on factory machines using inferior quality cotton or synthetic fibers. The speed and size of the machines means that the threads need to be coated in starch and wax to prevent them breaking during production. The final product will not absorb water as well and only lasts a few years when compared with Alaina Organic's, which can last decades if cared for properly. In fact the more you use and wash them, the softer and more absorbent they become.
Everyday care is easy; gentle cold or warm machine wash with a natural laundry detergent and either tumble dry or hang dry. See towel care for full product care details.