History of China Towel

- Feb 22, 2019-

The history of towels was traced back to the pre-Qin period. The towel at that time was called “towels”, which is similar to today's towels. People use it to wipe away sweat. In "Peacock Flying Southeast", "A woman is silent, and her handkerchief is covered" can prove this. The official name of the towel may come from the Tang Dynasty, such as: "The red handkerchief in Chad, the center draws a pair of pipa" poems. In addition, in ancient China, handkerchiefs (towels) are also the tokens of young men and women to express their feelings. For example, in the Dream of Red Mansions, there is a handkerchief (towel) in the sentiment of the jade jade. In ancient Egypt, there was also a pad of papyrus used to wipe the sweat and block the sun. In ancient Greece, a piece of linen was used, and it was carried around.



The handkerchief's recent handkerchief is not only a cleansing product, but also a carry-on ornament among Japanese women. It is a love token among romantic Americans. It is a gentleman's symbol on the British man's suit pocket. . French handkerchiefs are more diverse. For the convenience of folding, King Louis XVI of France forced the length of each handkerchief to be equal in 1875. The rules of this "handkerchief square" have been used ever since.


From hand towels to towels flourished in the Ming Dynasty, at that time, the silk weaving industry in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China was very developed. Inspired by the Japanese, the ancient Chinese used bamboo wire in a special sleeve, commonly known as the “sword shell”, which put the “sword shell” into the open warp and pinched a “bamboo”. Silk", the "sword shell" is pulled out from the other end of the opening, and the remaining bamboo silk forms a loop under the pressure of the weft yarn. The fabric loops are regular and full, and are thick and soft, and have a large moisture absorption capacity, which becomes a model for the towel in the future. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, cotton was introduced to China