Teema was born in a Cambodian night market on a backpacking trip in 2017, out of the frustration caused by our musty microfiber "travel" towels purchased on Amazon prior to the trip. After a chance encounter with a vendor selling Turkish Towels, an idea was born.
2 years later and we've accomplished quite a bit!
After encountering Turkish towels for the first time in Cambodia, we quickly realized just how useful they are. Not only are they great travel towels, but they make awesome throws, shawls, scarves, and they look great around the house! We were obsessed, and wondered why we'd never seen them before. So, we went to Turkey.
There, we met a network of families who own their own jacquard looms, known locally for making high quality towels using traditional techniques... We quickly fell in love with the product and the craft, and the rest is history..
All of our towels are made by independent, generational weavers in a small mountain town in western Turkey. These weavers have looms in their homes, some of them over 50 years old, having been in their homes for decades. Some of these families have been weaving Turkish towels for so long, that they can't actually trace back to when their family started weaving in the first place.
Unlike many other Turkish towel companies, we do not work with any large factories, only local, artisan weavers. This is why we are often sold out of products, as the techniques used to create our products are often decades old, with a focus on quality over efficiency. All of our weavers are independent contractors and are compensated fairly for their work.
Towels have been manufactured in this region for close to 500 years and many of the people and families who manufacture Teemas have been passing the art on for several generations. Some of these looms have been in use for over 50 years and many steps of the looming process are done by hand. While Teemas are highly practical and useful on a daily basis, each one is also a intricately crafted piece of art.
We'd love to hear from you! Please feel free to reach out for anything from questions and concerns to suggestions and ideas! We love hearing from our customers! ❤️