India’s handwoven bath linen range consists of terry towels, flat towels, bath mats, bath robes, shower curtains, commode covers, scrubs and bathroom accessories. The towel range consists of bath, beach, hand and face towels for men and women.
In towels, designs like terry, honey comb, huck-a-back and flat weave in colour woven stripes or bleached white fabrics are most popular. Bath mats have unlimited designs in a variety of thickness in cotton, viscose and acrylic. Most exporters offer bath mats with anti-skid, rubber or Polyurethane backing. Shower curtains with woven and printed designs are PVC or PU laminated for superior functionality.
Panipat in Haryana is one of the biggest manufacturers and exporters of bath mats in the world, housing about 300 leading exporters. It also leads in the production of handwoven terry towels, shower curtains and accessories. Sholapur in Maharashtra is important producer for light weight terry towels. Madurai, Bhawani, Karur, Nagercoil, Kumarapalayam and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu; Azhicode and Kozhikode in Kerala; Eluru, Pandalapakka, Chintala, Pattadi, Uravankonda, Pondur and Tadpatri in Andhra Pradesh; Farrukhabad and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh; Rohtak in Haryana; specialize in production of handwoven flat towels and bath robes in honey comb and plain fabrics. India is one of the finest and largest producers and exporters of towels in the world.
Most of the world’s top retail chains selling towels, source some variety of towels from India. A major part of India’s internal consumption of towels is met by the handloom weavers.