Photorealistic towels and digital printing

Hello towel lovers and welcome back to our channel!

This episode is addressed to those of you who are looking to create a more vibrant towel option, with detailed artwork and multiple colours.

If you have seen our previous video about Jacquard weaving, you may have learnt about its advantages as well as its limitations to create very intricate artworks. Richard will discuss about how these limitations can be resolved with digital printing, which allows the creative freedom to achieve photorealistic designs.

We hope this video is informative and helps some of you understand what towel options are out there. If you need our help, please don’t hesitate to reach out and someone from our production team will advise on your enquiry.

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Jacquard weaving and different branding techniques

Hello towel lovers!

This episode is addressed to those of you who are interested in branding options for towels.

Richard is talking here about what is considered one of the most effective ways to bring value to a towel, by customising it using the Jacquard weaving technique. He will briefly explain the concept of Jacquard weaving and the branding options it can offer. Of course, there are other customisation options available, like digital printing or embroidery, but we have noticed with our customers that they tend to prefer the Jacquard woven towel option as it offers better value for money.

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The difference between short staple and long staple cotton

Hello everyone!

This is our first episode from our ‘Talking about towels’ series.

In this episode Richard King Co-Owner and Director of The Cotton Textile Company talks about the differences between short staple and long staple cotton and how the raw materials chosen for towel manufacturing provide a different finish and feel to the final product. He briefly mentions about branding options available for bespoke towels, a topic that will be discussed more extensively in future episodes.

We would love to hear your thoughts and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions and request any topics of interest that you’d like us to talk about in upcoming videos.

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Caring for your towels and textiles
caring for your towels and textiles

Caring for your towels and textiles is very important and you may find that proper care will help them last longer, keep nice and soft with repeated use and feel like brand new after every wash.

Wash your towels before you use them

All new towels need to be set. Washing them before use and if possible with half a cup of white vinegar will help set the dyes and make the colours more resilient. The shrinkage that you will note after the first wash tightens the weave to protect the terry loops from pulling. There is also likely to be loose fibres in the towel which have been collected during the production process, this first wash will eliminate many of these.

We offer a first wash and tumble dry service for bulk orders of our towels to ensure that your customers enjoy the benefits of their new towel straight away.


Wash your towels together

You should wash similar items together. Fabric is made from small fibres of material (cotton, bamboo, polyester, linen, acrylic etc.) each fabric has its own properties. Washing your towels together allows the fibres to rub together in the same way, preventing ‘pilling’ or the rubbing and bobbling of the yarns. Ultimately this makes your towels last longer.


Wash small loads at a time

Overfilling your washing machine prevents air and water from circulating properly amongst the towels fibres. This means that they will not be cleaned deep into the terry or pile and will also prevent the detergent from being rinsed out effectively. The lack of air circulating through will prevent the fibres from fluffing up and the result of over filling your machine will be stiff rather than soft terry loops.


Use vinegar in the wash

Vinegar is great at stripping chemicals and sediment build ups, particularly in areas of hard water. Using vinegar occasionally prevents and build up thus increasing the absorbency of the towels. The result is that the fibres are able to fluff up in the wash cycle making the towel softer on the skin.


Banish any musty odours with baking soda

When you have washed your sports, swimming or gym kits, have you ever noticed a musty smell lingers after the wash? Adding half a cup of baking soda to your detergent will eliminate those unwanted odours.


Don’t use fabric softener

Fabric softners can actually reduce the life of a towel. After several washes softners can cause a build up of chemicals, preventing the softner from working and  preventing the fibres from opening properly, the result is stiff fibres that are less absorbent and rougher on the skin.


Replace your towels regularly

As a towel producer, you would expect us to say that. However, despite your best care, towels will lose fibres, absorbency and comfort with repeated use. Towels need not be an expensive household luxury. A towel that is used regularly and washed regularly will still lose its plushness as it loses fibres, we expect a towel to be replaced every 2 to 3 years.

The story of the Jacquard loom

The story starts with Joseph Marie Charles Jacquard (7th July 1752 – 7 August 1834), born in Lyon’s Couzon-Au-Mont d’Or, France. He is widely accredited for the creation of the Jacquard loom that not only transformed weaving but also aided the development of other programmable machines like the early computers.

The Jacquard Loom is a mechanical device that uses cards with punched holes, each card corresponds to one row of the design. Multiple rows of holes are systematically punched into the cards and then multiple cards are used to compose the design of the textile. Earlier inventions by his fellow countrymen, Basile Bouchon and Jean-Baptiste Falcon and subsequently Jacques Vaucanson provided the early technology and concepts for Jacquard to build upon and perfect.

Jacquard weaving is the raising of different warp threads allowing the use of coloured threads in the weft and allowing for a different texture within a patterned design. Automating an otherwise laborious process meant that luxurious and desirable fabrics could be created. This especially changed the terry towel and silk weaving industries.

On April 12, 1805, Emperor Napoleon and his wife Empress Josephine visited the nearby town of Lyon to view Jacquard’s new loom. Emperor Napoleon granted the patent for Jacquard’s loom to the city of Lyon, paying Jacquard a lifelong pension of 3,000 francs and a commission of 50 francs for every Jacquard loom to be sold in the ensuing 6 years.

The loom that we use today for Jacquard weaving our towels and robes is conceptually unchanged even now, albeit the programming is computerised.

Indeed in this new world, which has been changed by the Covid 19 pandemic we have used Jacquard looms to weave designs into our cotton face masks and face coverings, allowing them to be branded for corporations and visitor attractions.

100% cotton reusable face masks

plain or branded with your logo

As the world begins to unlock, our towel production in Austria has repurposed the looms to make 100% cotton reusable face masks from Oeko Tex certified cotton. As people begin commuting to the office and flying on foreign business travel, a face covering could aid people’s confidence to make these journeys, carry out their work and other normal day to day activities.

100% cotton reusable face mask

Our face covering is soft on your skin and light on your face, double layered and easy to breathe through with a choice of fabric ties or elastic around the head. They are comfortable to wear, washable at high temperatures and as they are not single use, they are better for our environment.

This face covering is non-surgical and should NOT be used in any surgical or medical setting.

Rather, they can help with source control; someone who is unknowingly infected with a virus can, by sneezing or coughing, transmit that virus through their respiratory droplets and this covering can help prevent the virus from moving from them to you.

The coverings are 100% cotton, 340gsm and the bridge is insulated copper. Available in 2 sizes: 18 or 21 cm and each size can have either elastic straps or fabric ties. The fabric ties are 50% polyester/50% cotton. Plain white capacity is 40,000 to 50,000 per week and lead times are 7-10 days plus shipping.

Branded coverings can be woven in up to 3 colours including the main mask colour and the text/logo is a minimum of 1.5cm, depending on the font. Please send us your artwork and we will create a visual for approval. Quantities start at 500 pieces and the lead time is 3-4 weeks plus shipping.

Plain coverings of more than 5,000 pieces can be produced in other stock colours or Pantone matched. Lead time is 5-6 weeks plus shipping.

You can shop our plain protective masks here, or for custom options contact us directly.

The Cotton Textile Company SNAPS back into action.

The Cotton Textile Company (TCTC) has chosen to support the SNAP Charity for the second year and has decided to go further and higher during 2020.

Putting on a clean SNAP t-shirt, Richard King, TCTC Director is now in training for the Brighton Marathon which takes place this April and will then be climbing the world’s tallest free standing peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in October.

SNAP Charity is a vital support service to the families and carers of children with mental and physical challenges. The amazing team there fill a huge void that isn’t provided for by the NHS or other public services, including counselling for the families to help them through the daily challenges they face.

In 2019 SNAP carried out 858 sessions which helps families to develop ways to support their wellbeing. By providing tailored support, they will help families to:

  • improve their self-esteem and confidence;
  • reduce feelings of isolation;
  • improve family communication and relationships;
  • empower children and young people through identifying coping strategies
  • and empower parents and carers by providing resources and knowledge to better support their child’s needs.

Richard comments, ‘Having seen the help SNAP can offer to families through their counselling services we decided this was an area we would like to support. There is a cost, which is borne by the charity of £65 per session and we would like to fund as many as possible. It also makes it simple for sponsorship as you know that your £65 directly helps a family’.

To donate please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thecottontextileco or if you are interested in sponsoring Richard’s shirt please contact him at richard@thecottontextilecompany.co.uk

Bored of Brexit?

So are we, so we are bringing as much manufacturing home as we can.

Using either recycled yarns or natural wools we are producing the most luxurious blankets and throws here in the UK.

Manufacturing at home means we have a lead time measured in weeks, and no transport or duty costs.

With minimum quantities starting at just 25 pieces

We can bring your brand to life on a product that will be treasured for years to come

  • email your logo to sales@thecottontextilecompany.co.uk
  • we will send prices and a design by return
  • once agreed we start weaving

For more information call 0203 633 2699

International Towel Day

On the 25th May every year it is International Towel day. The humble towel deserves a day of celebration as according to Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, it is the most useful thing that you can have. He wrote:

“A towel, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

In-fact the day is to celebrate the life of Douglas Adams who passed away in 2001. On this day we should all carry a towel to remember him by….and perhaps protect ourselves from ravenous Bugblatter beasts!

Could the HHGTTG be the inspiration behind Hammam Towels that are the Swiss Army Knife of the towel world as shown in the attached users guide? And who knew towels could be so famous or useful? Almost every James Bond film has seen either 007 or his love interest in a towel and every tennis tournament will find a towel or two on court, with the Wimbledon towel as the most famous.

As The Cotton Textile Company prepares to celebrate this day, we have selected a few of our favourites which can be seen in our social media and on our website, with a couple of the best attached.
An 8-week lead time for a minimum of 100 towels and with fabric choices to suit most budgets, we can help bring your brand to life on a towel this summer.

Brexit

Assuming for now it isn’t extended beyond March 29th, as we draw closer to Brexit day and the likelihood of a no deal outcome grows stronger, we would like to make you aware of the potential implications this will have on imports from our European supply chains.

World Trade Organisation rules could see a duty tariff being placed on all towelling products and today that is 12%. We will also incur customs clearance charges on all imports and these charges, whatever they end up as, will need to be passed on.

At this time there are many unknowns making us unable to be any more specific and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.