Japan produces bath towels of exceptional quality and Shinto is a leading maker. Like all Shinto towels, the Inner Pile towel undergoes their atozarashi refining method. This process takes place after the towel has been woven to remove any remaining starch and impurities from the fabric, in order to maximize the natural absorbency of the cotton. The Inner Pile towel is expertly hand woven on traditional shuttle looms, a process that takes a considerable amount of care and time. However, it is necessary to create a towel that has two outer layers of baby-soft gauze and an inner layer of highly absorbent cotton pile. Japanese towels are typically thinner, lighter, and slightly smaller than Western towels—we find them to be exceptionally soft, absorbent and quick drying. 100% cotton.