Do you want to buy a bathrobe from Turkey? We will tell the whole truth about Turkish robes
It would seem that what’s new can be heard about such a well-known, even somewhat mundane thing as a dressing gown? “A product of a simple cut with a wide range of applications”, — this is how the textile dictionary characterizes the dressing gown. Although, the bathrobe was not always everyday home wear. There were times when it was worn only by high-ranking persons and only on holidays … And for the first time this happened in the East.
The history of the appearance of the bathrobe
Even the name of the dressing gown was born from the Arabic «hil’at» — a solemn, honorable, respected dress. Apparently, the modern inhabitants of the East (including the Turks) still have such an attitude towards the robe in their hearts. Because — there it is considered a humiliating business to make low-quality bathrobes from poor materials. However, more on that later.
So, the «alma mater» of the dressing gown is the East. However, if you want to find a prototype of a modern dressing gown in the Ancient History of the same Turkey, you will not succeed. After all, in ancient times it was customary to call outerwear a dressing gown. That first dressing gown was free cut, with wide sleeves of an intricate shape, a belt. Moreover, in ancient times, the robe was a real work of art. It was sewn from expensive silk, selected wool, suede, decorated with intricate patterns and embroidery. In those days, it was the robe that determined the material status and estate of its owner. The regularity was natural: the more majestic the robe, the richer its owner.
Years passed, the robe also changed its shape and length, style and materials, fasteners and cutouts. In the Middle Ages, they received guests in a bathrobe and went to a reception with the emperor. Laws were even issued that strictly determined the color, style, material and length of the robes, wearing which you can come to the court.
Bathrobes came to good old Europe only in the 17th century. And also from Turkey. Longitudinally striped Turkish cotton robes became a brand of that time. And they were worn — preferably — by men.
It was Europe that «stole» the symbolism of the honorary dress from the robe. Here he became the embodiment of idleness and relaxation. Already in the 18th century, sayings appeared about sloths associated with a dressing gown, they were accused of «negligent attitude to work», etc.
However, by the end of the 19th century, Europe again began to peer into the culture of the East. For many years, the first fashionable position in the interiors of houses, furniture design, clothes and jewelry was occupied by oriental themes. Bathrobes then, according to the original oriental type, began to be sewn with long flared sleeves, decorating them with curved tree branches and exquisite flowers.
The robe was first brought to the Slavic countries from Europe by one of the Russian merchants. Here, too, he instantly became the favorite home clothes of aristocrats. The imprint of this love is often found in the literary works of that time. For example, Oblomov I. Goncharova never took off her dressing gown. Cinema has also contributed to the popularization of the bathrobe. Remember the «Diamond Arm» popular in Soviet times? And the pink dressing gown of one of the passionate heroines? After the release of the film, the fashion for pink bathrobes reached its critical maximum: there were queues in stores behind them (like for a scarce commodity), they were the most desired gift from a long journey, they were often ordered for tailoring in an atelier.
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However, we digress a little from the topic of Turkish robes. The 20th and 21st centuries became a turning point in the history of the state. Many political and economic changes took place there, and the system of customs was also revised. And although in the modern Turkish Republic you rarely see anyone in a bathrobe on the street, respect for him has not diminished. Presenting a robe as a gift there is still considered an act expressing honor and respect. Moreover, there is a tradition according to which future relatives exchange robes during the pre-wedding betrothal. And further. In Turkey, the robe is presented both as a bribe and as gratitude for the service. Boys, teenagers, change dressing gowns, thereby consolidating true true friendship for many years.
Perhaps it is precisely in this peculiarity of culture that the impeccable quality of modern Turkish robes and the zealous desire of representatives of every well-known trading house and brand to keep their reputation pure and the manufactured thing to glorify lies.
Until now, despite the fact that Turkey is actively developing bamboo fiber, modal and synthetic thread, cotton remains the basis of the Turkish textile industry. The figures convincingly testify to this: the total volume of textiles produced in Turkey from cotton is 80%! Every year, more than 750,000 are harvested in this country. tons of cotton. It is this indicator that provides Turkey with a permanent place in the top five «cotton» countries in the world. Although, not all areas of this country can grow cotton. The necessary natural conditions for a «textile flower» are only in three — Chukurova, the coast of the Aegean Sea, Antalya.
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What is special about Turkish cotton?
The fact that it is fed by special underground waters associated with thermal springs. Local old-timers joke that this cotton can cure the wearer of dermatitis, rheumatism and asthma. Most likely, this is really a joke, but at the same time, there are really a lot of vigorous and absolutely healthy old-timers in Turkey … So it’s worth thinking about!
But seriously, the impeccable quality of Turkish cotton is explained by the fact that it is based on 100% natural cotton fiber. Here cotton is harvested exclusively by hand. Naturally, textile manufacturers end up with the cleanest (and most expensive) thread in the world.
The Turks are confident that the machine is not capable of picking cotton without garbage and third-party impurities. And during cleaning, the structure of the fiber deteriorates and collapses, which negatively affects the quality of the product made from it. Therefore, Turkish cotton is pure, silky, smooth, durable and thin. In addition, it is naturally hypoallergenic. Pediatricians even for babies recommend buying clothes from this material. Turkish cotton is called a «living fiber» that stores the energy of human hands. It is able to breathe, ideally absorb moisture and help the natural thermoregulation of the human body.
And it is this material that is used by well-known Turkish textile brands. The products of the best are also presented in our Minutes of Comfort store.
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Disadvantages of Turkish robes
Describing Turkish textile manufacturing companies, we mentioned the positive aspects of the products of each of them. But they forgot to mention the shortcomings. Perhaps there is only one drawback of Turkish bathrobes. Moreover, it concerns absolutely all companies: Turkish bathrobes are much more expensive than domestic ones. The reason for the high price is higher quality raw materials, observed sewing standards and the cost of customs clearance / forwarding / delivery of goods to Ukraine. Although, we at Minutes of Comfort are looking for all possible ways to give you a pleasant discount on our highest quality bathrobes!
And finally — interesting information for textile experts, or for pedants who are accustomed to impeccable things.
Popular Turkish homewear brands:
— women’s bathrobes from Virginia Secret
— men’s bathrobes from Nusa
— warm bathrobes from TM Cocoon
— light women’s bathrobes from Vienetta Secret
— natural terry children’s bathrobes
How to recognize the original factory Turkish robe?
For Turkish manufacturers, a standard of high-quality bathrobe has been set, which they try to adhere to in their work.
- Material: 100% cotton (pile height 69000 loops per 1 sq.m)
- Length: 132 cm.
- Weight: 624 g per 1 sq. m.
- Sleeve shape — raglan
- collar, belt
However, these standards do not apply to designer items. Although, branded hotels, for example, Antalya, order only white bathrobes for their clients that correspond to this formula.
Well, actually, that’s all we wanted to tell you about Turkish robes. Buy good quality and high class items! You deserve it!