Which Fabric is Best For Your Robes?
Bathrobes are very useful when it comes to comfort and water absorbency. Just think about walking around your home and still feeling that you’re in bed. That’s what a bathrobe can do – it can make you feel soft, warm, and fuzzy inside.
There are many kinds of fabrics used in making bathrobes. They have different uses and have different water absorbencies. When looking for a bathrobe, you should first know what you want to use it for because a bathrobe that functions as a towel is surely the worst choice for lounging around. Knowing the different bathrobe fabrics will help you buy a robe that suits your preferences and needs.
Probably the most common fabric for bathrobes, cotton absorbs water very well. It is the perfect fabric for a shower or a sauna. There are two categories of cotton, namely, low-medium grade cotton and high-grade cotton. Low-medium grade cotton is for mass production. They are usually blended with another cotton so that it is cheaper. On the other hand, high-grade cotton uses either Egyptian or Turkish cotton. These kinds of cotton were already used decades ago for bathrobes by the royalty. A type of high-grade cotton is Cotton Terry which is often used in five-star hotels. They are very water-absorbent; however, they shrink with repeated use unless they are mixed with a pre-shrunk material or polyester.
One other bathrobe made of 100% cotton is called the cotton waffle. Taken from its name, this bathrobe has a checkered pattern. Like cotton terry, it is also good to use in showers and spas.
Another type of high-grade cotton is cotton velour. This has a velvety texture and should not be used as a bath towel. Because of its thickness and heaviness, it is best worn on cold nights during the winter. It is soft to the touch because it is made up of 80% cotton.
Silk and Satin
If there are robes for the winter, there are also robes for the summer. Silk and satin robes are light and are thinner than cotton robes. They have a cooler feel to the skin and because they are light, more air can surround your body. However, this is not recommended for use after taking a shower. For one, it’s not water-absorbent. Second is that it absorbs a lot of moisture.
Thanks to technology, bathrobes now have finer threads than silk. This is called microfiber. It is at least 1/4 thinner than hair and is often used in luxurious places. Because of its thinness, it is very light to wear and breezy on the skin. But unlike satin and silk, microfiber can be very water-absorbent. Fibers can be looped with each other so that it can absorb water a lot more.
Last but not the least is cashmere. Cashmere robes for bridal party robes use fibers that come from animals during their molting seasons (this is when they naturally shed hair). This type of fabric is the most expensive of them all and it varies more in price depending on the quality. Cashmere is often used as loungewear than robes.