As a result of the literature review, it was observed that previous studies concentrated mainly on investigating the water absorption properties of towel fabrics, but limited studies analyzed air permeability properties of towel fabrics. The purpose of this study is to investigate the air permeability of bamboo / cotton and cotton towels produced with different pile heights and to analyze the effect and importance level of pile fiber type and pile height in these two types of towel fabrics. The paper presents an investigation of the air permeability ability of towel fabrics with respect to pile height and pile fiber type. Towel fabrics were produced under industrial conditions. 100% bamboo and 100% cotton yarns were used as pile yarns, while 100% cotton yarn was used as weft and ground warp yarn. The effect of pile fiber type and pile height on the air permeability properties of fabrics was compared using analysis of variance (ANOVA). The Design Expert 6.01 program was used for statistical analyses. It was found that air permeability of bamboo/cotton towel fabrics was higher than 100% cotton towel fabrics and the air permeability of both types of towels decreased as pile height increased.
Key words: Bamboo, cotton, terry towel, air permeability, pile height.
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