Imabari’s great environment has helped to nurture its leading position in Japan. The climate is warm with abundant water and the area is rich of nature. The highest mountain of Western Japan, Mount Ishizuchi is nearby and there are several natural water springs around. The underground water of Sojagawa River that flows through Imabari is soft water with very few impurities. This water is gentle to the yarn and material of the towel and allows delicate and bright colours while bringing out the natural softness of the cotton used.
Various artisanal skills can be seen in the details of each towel-making step including yarn handling, weaving, dye composition, and the unique Sakizarashi Sakizome technique. In this step, the strings have been dyed first to ensure that the colours do not fade as easily. Without artfully completing each step with care and dedication, the distinctive towels crafted in Imabari cannot be born.
The certified and united towel makers in Imabari have set together their own quality inspection method. For example, there is the “five-second rule”. This checks whether a fiber of the towel sinks within five seconds, after it is placed on water. This is a unique inspection to guarantee water absorbency that is so characteristic for towels crafted in Imabari. Only towels that pass such standards will be certified and can wear the distinctive Imabari label. Nowadays towels with this special label are recognized and appreciated globally.
LON has developed together with one of the most prestigious makers in Imabari the beautiful and functional Japan Waffle Towel.
Despite the comfortable large size of 130 x 60 cm, this desirable object only weights about 265 grams.
The towel has a very subtle 3-d effect because it has been woven in a relief-like structure. Thereby does this particular light weight fabric have a larger surface, so that the towel will dry quickly.
The fabric structure, that contains 6 different yarns, has also a slightly massaging effect when drying and comes in several beautiful melange colours.
Together with the unique Imabari features of a very high water absorption and the soft handfeel, we believe that the Japan Waffle Towel is the perfect bath textile object that you need every day.