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The Mungo Itawuli takes its name from the isiXhosa word for ‘towel’. The Itawuli has become one of the most iconic towels in our range, loved for its bold design and versatility. We’ve seen them used as picnic blankets, a summer throw, yoga mat cover and a tablecloth – they’ve even been turned into clothing!

The striped detail that runs through the middle of the Itawuli makes reference to traditional woolen Basotho Blankets. These blankets were initially woven in England. As the story goes, the 1cm ‘pinstripe’ was woven in to indicate where the fabric was to be cut. But a batch with stripes intact made its way to South Africa. The supposed flaw became popular and was incorporated and uplifted in the local design.

The Itawuli is woven from 100% pure cotton grown in Southern Africa – and you can read more about this versatile fibre, and why we love it, here. What’s more, the flat weave design of our towels allows them to fold up tight, ensuring they use less space and water when washing and that they travel well.

You can take your towel wherever you go – towels are the perfect travel companion! A practical addition to any trip, you can wrap it around you for warmth, lie on it on a sandy beach, sleep under it and gaze up at the stars, wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat, wrap it round your head to avoid the paparazzi… And after all that, if it’s still clean enough, you can dry yourself.

A percentage of your Mungo purchase goes towards our CSR MOVE, which aims to empower and uplift the Plettenberg Bay community in which our mill and flagship store is based.

Unlike the traditional terry loop design, our flat weaves are characteristically light and compact. This unique weave allows us to play with the design and structure, resulting in a feast of visual possibilities

Why Go Flat Weave

Super Absorbent: natural cotton is perfect for wicking away moisture on wet skin.

Quick Drying: the unique flat weave design ensures your towel is dry in a jiffy

Compact: characteristically compact, our flat weave towels make for easy travelling & storing

Softer & Softer: Cotton yarn ages well, becoming more and more soft with each and every wash.

Eco-friendly: natural fibres & low bulk for the washing load

Durable: long lasting, not destined for landfill

Mungo Itawuli in Cango Grey. Designed, woven, made in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Mungo Itawuli in Blue Moon. A pure cotton towel design, woven and made in South Africa

Customers who bought & used this product shared the below feedback on comfort & quality. If you make a purchase please share your thoughts, we value your feedback!

  1. By far the best towel in the world

    By far the best towel in the world!!!!
    Our guests always comment on how (surprisingly) fabulous the flat weave towel is.
    We will never buy any other towel for our properties due to the quality, comfort and unique colour combos.

    Chamonix Getaways

  2. Flat weave towel convert

    I am so glad I ordered a flat weave towel. I will never use a normal towel in my home again. I highly recommend any Mungo products!

    Jacques Malan (verified owner)

  3. Such an incredible towel

    Such an incredible towel. Takes a little bit of technique, but once you’ve got it down, this towel dries way more efficiently than a more traditional fluffy type.

    andrew (verified owner)

    • Thank you for your feedback Andrew, love that you love your towel!

      Craig Harding

  4. Excellent

    Love your products!! And excellent delivery well received, thank you!

    Isabella Griessel (verified owner)

    • Thank you Isabella, your support is much appreciated.

      Craig Harding

  5. Bought to try and then bought some more!

    Very happy with this lovely collection. Bought to try and then bought some more! Warm, rich blue colour. I’m new to flat weave towels but very happy with the discovery 🙂

    Sara (verified owner)

    • Welcome to the Flat Weave towel revolution!

      Craig Harding

  6. Love the texture

    Just received my set of blue moon towels. I am in love! Luxury finish & quality. I’m never going back

    avzyl3 (verified owner)

    • Thank you.

      Craig Harding

  7. Very Happy

    Ordered this as a gift; it arrived within 2 days, beautifully packaged. The recipient absolutely loves it. Very happy with the purchase. Thanks Mungo.

    Cathy Williams (verified owner)

  8. Beautifully packaged high quality item

    Absolutely lovely towel , given as a gift and loved by the recipient. Delivery was on time and perfectly cared for and presented in the wrapping.
    great to see such care taken not only in the product but how it is presented.

    Rodney (verified owner)

  9. Would highly recommend

    I bought 2 of these towels and I absolutely love them. The cotton is soft and super absorbent, fast drying and hardly needs ironing after washing. I will never go back to using normal towels again after the luxurious feel of these. Would highly recommend.

    Gabriella (verified owner)

    • Thank you for your lovely feedback Gabriella, welcome to the wonderful World of flat-weave towels. 🙂

      Craig Harding

  10. The woven pattern.

    Without a doubt the best towel around – for any season. For years I was stuck on the fluffy white towels like you find in hotels (which don’t ever stay that way!)… until I used an Itawuli. It’s light but feels luxurious. We’re so hooked, we’ve bought another two sets. And they’re our go-to wedding/house-warming etc gift. Plus, it’s like owning a piece of useful, local art!

    Jason B

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