What is a Pestemel?
A pestemel is a flat woven towel initially designed for use in the hamam or Turkish Bath. They are about 3 feet by about 5 feet (1 meter x 1.5 meter), enough to wrap generously around the waist. Each of our pestemel is hand woven by traditional artisans on an old-style, traditional shuttle loom with 100% Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) certified organic cotton or natural linen.
Although they are flat-woven, they are super absorbent so will dry your body completely. But the beauty of using a pestemel for your daily bathing is that the towel itself dries so quickly—no more damp bath towels.
Wevist’s modern take on this ancient craft produce pieces that are amazingly versatile around the home and in your wardrobe.
- Wear it as a shawl or scarf
- Use one as a wrap at the beach or pool
- Take one to yoga class
- Drape one across the bed
- Keep one in your carry-on
Don't let their beauty fool you. These are meant to be used and will get better (and softer) the more you enjoy them!
What is a Peskir?
The Peskir (pesh keer) is the little brother of the pestemel, roughly 36 in x 24 in. They were originally used in the Hamam to dry hair—and they are still amazingly useful for that. But there are so many additional uses
- Perfect hand towels in bathroom or kitchen
- Placemats or (very generous) napkins
- Take one along for your workout
- Take it to yoga class
We offer matching Peskir for three of our designs—Sirocco, Briza, and Coromel.
Mix and Match
We’ve built our collection from the thread up. This means that the same color thread is used across our designs, which means you can mix and match patterns.
All of our products are machine washable but we do recommend a few steps to get the most out of your product
Soak your towels—Organic cotton fibers are quite tight so they might seem less absorbent at first. We suggest soaking your towels in cold water overnight. This allows the fibers to bloom and open up, making your towel more absorbant. Wring them out by hand and allowing them to dry naturally if possible. Once you’ve done this, you can machine wash and dry.
No fabric softener, please—fabric softener leave a residue on the fibers that actually makes them waterproof, the opposite of what you want in a towel. Your towels will get softer naturally with use.
No bleach—for our all white pestemel and plush towels, we advise against using bleach, as it weakens the fibers. For whitening, we suggest adding white vinegar and baking soda to the wash as needed.
Avoid washing with items with snaps, zippers or Velcro—For any of our looped, plush towels, try to avoid washing these items with other garments with snaps, zips or Velcro. These can snag and pull the loops or tangle with the fringe.
Snip loops—Our plush towels are made by hand on old style looms. Sometimes a loop of thread might pull out. Don’t panic! You can simply snip off the pulled loop. It will not damage the structural integrity of the towel.