Terrycloth, terry cloth, terry towelling, terry, or simply towelling is a fabric with loops that can absorb large amounts of water. It can be manufactured by weaving or knitting, with weaving on a dobby loom the predominant commercial method, having two beams of longitudinal warp through which the filler or weft is fired laterally.
Items that may be made from terrycloth include babies' nappies (UK English) or diapers (US English), towels (in the US bath towels of terrycloth are called 'Turkish towels'), bedlinen, and sweatbands for the wrist or head. Terrycloth is also sometimes used to make sweat jackets.
Terrycloth became accessible to the general public in the late nineteenth century. Many people admire terrycloth for its sensual qualities, and they enjoy the way it feels against their bare skin.