This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Towel. A linen or cotton cloth used for drying the face and hands, and for other purposes. Towels, both in their use and title, have remained unchanged for a long period, even if they have ever known change. [See Crash, Linen, Turkish Towels]