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.
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