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The origin of fouta

Beach towel and fashion accessory widely used in Europe and throughout the world today, the fouta continues to please thanks to its many advantages. But do you know where it came from? First appearances, origins, uses… discover the history of fouta!

Where does the term fouta come from?

The term fouta or foutah was formerly used in India to designate a piece of cloth, a cloth. Since then, its use has spread in North Africa, especially in hammams and little by little in Europe and throughout the world. No wonder when we discover the colorful palette that foutas offer us today!

What is a fouta?

Made of woven cotton, a fouta is originally a 1m x 2m fabric with fringes at the ends and available in many colors. Thin, light and drying in no time, the fouta quickly becomes essential for the summer and gradually replaces the traditional bath towel. Two-tone, striped, plain, with a white stripe, in XXL format… you will be spoiled for choice at By Foutas.

When trend rhymes with tradition

To perpetuate the design of this ancestral fabric, there is still and always an artisanal production. Using a loom, a machine, the fouta is woven with cotton (recycled at By Foutas) then cut to the desired dimensions. Finally, the fringes formed at the ends are braided by hand by the artisans.

Its traditional use

Making its appearance in Tunisian baths, the fouta was used by men and women as a bath towel that was used to cover their bodies in the hammam. It was tied at the waist like a loincloth to go to the hammam. And this is still the case today in many hotel complexes equipped with saunas, hammams, swimming pools, jacuzzis ...

And the peshtemal, quésaco?

Maybe you have heard the term peshtemal before? In Turkey, fouta is more commonly known as peshtemal. A little smaller than fouta and produced in Turkey, peshtemal was also used in Turkish baths. Absorbent, quick-drying, thin, light and aesthetic, peshtemal offers the same advantages as fouta! At By Foutas, find the peshtemal Sofa and Stone Washed.

How to use it today?

If the fouta was originally the traditional towel for the hammam in Tunisia, it was very quickly coveted in Europe and around the world. It is found on the beaches, at the swimming pool as a sarong and even in the interiors. And yes ! As a sofa throw, a bed throw, a blanket, a tablecloth or a bathroom linen, the fouta has not finished surprising us.

There is something for every taste !

Both a fashion accessory and a beach towel, the fouta has it all. Men, women, children, there are many models to suit everyone's tastes and many sizes, including the XXL fouta!

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