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ban inoue : caya bath towel


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Ban Inoue

Japan’s ancient capital, Nara, is home to a centuries-old weaving industry devoted to the production of a special type of cloth; caya has an unusual, open structure, originally used as mosquito netting as well as traditional dress. The cloth is initially finished with natural starches which wash out, leaving a remarkably soft cloth – airy and breathable, with waffle-like texture. Renowned in Japan for a beauty of near spiritual quality, inspiring poetry and ukiyo-e woodblock prints during the Edo period, today caya’s gentle aesthetic and practical properties are preserved by Ban Inoue for use throughout the home.

Caya cloth is famously absorbent, quick to dry, highly durable and very soft- in short, the perfect thing to reach for when you emerge from the bath! Create some at-home onsen inspiration, give as a gentle welcome to a new baby, or pack one on your next trip (they’re incredibly light and compact). If you prefer a larger bathsheet, you might like the caya halfket.

Caya cloth is beautiful and useful throughout the home, see our collection here.

made in Japan

colour : flax
materials : 100% cotton
measurements : 
  • length 120cm
  • width 65cm
care instructions :
  • cold machine wash with like items to avoid snags and pulls
  • dry flat in shade
  • do not bleach or tumble dry