A bathrobe is usually made from towelling or other absorbent textile, and may be donned while the wearer’s body is wet, serving both as a towel and an informal garment.
Several styles of bathrobes are marketed to consumers, categorized by textile material and type of weave.
Bathrobes are generally made of four different fabrics.
Bathrobes are also categorized by their shape of weave :
o Flannel: Flannel is a soft woven fabric, made from loosely spun yarn, usually cotton or wool.
o Terry: Terry is a pile fabric, usually woven of cotton, with uncut loops on both sides, used for bath towels and robes. The longer and denser the loops are, more absorbent the bathrobes are.
o Velour: Velour is a fabric with cut loops. Velour bathrobes are typically made with terry inside, as terrycloth absorbs water better than velour. Velour gives the bathrobe luxury, coziness, and makes the garment softer to the touch.
o Waffle: Waffle fabric has good water absorbency, is loose and has a distinctive “gridlike” appearance. For most part, these bathrobes are designed for their light weight. “Pique” is a type of waffle weave that can be applied to cotton, velour, silk, and other fabrics.
There are varieties of collars for bathrobes such as Shawl collar, Kimono or Hooded.