KIKOY, KIKOI, PESHTEMAL, FOUTA?

... but what's the difference between all this?

For the common points it's simple there is only one! All three of these fabrics are used as beach towels, bath towels, steam baths and sarongs. What makes them different? Many things you guessed it ... :-)


Small geography course

Firstly they do not come from the same place:

//  The fouta is a fabric of North Africa (good, at the beginning, it comes anyway from India but we know it today especially in North Africa),

//  The kikoy comes from East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya mainly),

//  The peshtemal comes from Turkey.


Different uses originally

//  The fouta was created as a fabric worn on the waist as trousers, in the back to protect from the sun or in a turban, it will also be used to wipe itself out of the baths.

//  The kikoy (or kikoi), which means loincloth in Swahili, was once worn by men on the East African side ... in loincloth.

//  The peshtemal is used directly as a towel in Turkish baths, it also indicates which region people come from.


Different manufacturing methods (and that's what makes the main difference today)

Traditionally, fouta is made of carded cotton, peshtemal made of bamboo or carded cotton and combed cotton kikoy.


But what is the difference between carded and combed cotton?

We already have a little reminder about cotton in general Why choose a cotton beach towel? (yes, there are reasons) Cotton is known for its power This is why it is often used in bathroom towels or in hospitals, it can also withstand very high temperatures without being damaged. must boil the fabric to get the job done!

Then, how to tell the difference between cottons?

The carded cotton is a cotton with short fibers and cheap.It has a rather dull aspect.It is a cotton that is found very frequently in everyday life .

Combed cotton has undergone one more step in the preparation of the fiber.After being carded, the fibers are combed in order to keep the fibers the longest, the most This gives cotton a softer look because the fibers are better intertwined, as well as a tighter weave that will be stronger in use and therefore more durable.The combed cotton is therefore of superior quality. and inevitably ... it's a bit more expensive :-)


So what's the best?

The kikoy of course! ... not everything depends on your tastes ;-) The fouta, the peshtémal and the kikoy have different characteristics for different and numerous uses, a different quality and a different price. And as Jules often says ... it's like the digestive: cognac, armagnac, calvados they all accompany very well the end of meal but they do not have the same taste.Here is a little similar. see what you prefer! We made our choice ;-)


And Simone and George in all that?

At Simone and Georges we make exclusively kikoy (or kikoi) .Our flagship product is the kikoy-towel: a kikoy (100% combed cotton) stack side and a very thin terry towel face. It's soft, it's light, it wipes well, it dries quickly, it's colorful, it's jovial (thank you Diam's), it's great in fact.

The manufacturing facilities are in Kenya, where the product originally comes from.This allows us to guarantee the best qualities and traditional know-how that continues.We have created our own designs by taking inspiration from the traditional style but by adding our french touch by selecting the colors wire by wire and we are rather proud!

Since we loved the fabric and its colors, we thought that it would be as pretty in bag, cushion, screen and in many sizes! (yes we do not do things by half this way)

If you still have questions, call us!

And to discover our range of kikoy-towels it is here
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