My towels are always cotton or linen, mostly 100% cotton. They are soft, absorbent and last for years with daily use. Often the towels are a traditional huck weave, such as most towels used in colonial America. Others may use an original twill weave. Whether you enjoy doing dishes or not, a beautiful towel that works well can make the chore more enjoyable. These towels make great shower or wedding gifts, but you may find you like them too well to give away! They've already been washed in hot water, so they won't run or shrink and are ready to use for work or decoration.