Because they're woven flat.
A flat woven towel packs tighter, packs lighter, dries quicker and sheds sand with ease. Currently, our collections are hand woven in Buldan Turkey, on traditional family owned 'black looms'. Other corners of the textile globe will be added to our collection in time.
We're proud to have local Turkish Artisans involved with Layday so far and we dig the little inconsistencies throughout our fabrics. Small things like doubled over stitches are a sure sign that our towels are not flawlessly spun and popped out on mass produced towel machines.
With the communication we have with our current suppliers - our cotton supply is in healthy shape.
We've interrogated our/their supply chain to know who we're working with directly and indirectly and all feedback has been positive.
We're aware of the child labour practices adopted by some countries and we're stoked to say Turkey has some solid policies in place to prevent some of the exploits found in neighboring Countries.
As mentioned above, Layday™ towels are currently loomed in Buldan.
The district of Buldan in the province of Denizli, Turkey and it's is famous for its ancient craft of weaving. It's changed little over the ages.
The town was planned so that every house had an unobstructed view. Many of these traditional Buldan homes still function as weaving workshops today.
Traditionally, small looms were used in Buldan's 'home-workshops'. Walls and ceilings had to be knocked down to accommodate the larger semi-modern weaving machines.
Today, there's around 3000 weaving machines, 30 handlooms and 1250 embroidery machines in Buldan.
But our personal favorite part of Laydays production is that it's still done on workbenches and not mass produced towel machines.
Sewing, looming and stitching is carried out by the families living in their own homes or very close to them...the way most craftsmanship should be.