This fouta towel, upon arrival is very boardy and stiff, but because I had previous experience with foutas, rather than returning it, I washed to "condition" it. After the first washing, it transforms into a soft and sturdy towel, which will last for years. Color is great, and the tassels add a lot of character. I love it, and plan to buy more.
I read about how "hot" these are in a magazine and decided it was just what my husband and I needed for the summer. His bday was coming up so I gave him the towels (among other things) and said they were a "his n' her" gift. I totally felt like I was doing one of those 'give someone what YOU want gifts' but much to my surprise he absolutely LOVES his towel. Shortly after that we had the chance to use them at a friend's house for the weekend - they have a pool. My husband went on and on raving about how much he loved the towel - how thin it was, how quickly it dried, etc. And he's found a million uses for it - put it down on the car seat when it was hot, carried his laundry in it, put it over the chair in his office. He loves it! Me? Oh, yes, I love mine too. I thought it would be softer but I know it will get softer every time we wash it, being cotton. FIVE STARS!!!!