Chenille yarn was developed in the 1830s by weaving tufts of colored wool into a blanket that was cut into strips then heat treated to create the frizz. This fuzzy fabric was called chenille and was made into shawls and later carpets.
By the 1920s, a cottage industry took shape in Northern Georgia. Textile manufacturers sent out trucks of pattern stamped sheets and dyed chenille yarns to families for tufting then returned to collect the sheets for final processing.
In the 1930s, manufacturers were doing the tufting in factories and creating bedspreads, pillow shams, throws and mats. Later, when more centralized factory production began, the chenille yarns were made into clothing.
Today the chenille yarns are used for clothing, custom patches, names, numbers and letterman jackets. Chenille fabric made from 100% cotton is very soft and may have raised designs in the fabric, although other materials such as rayon, nylon, and polyester are used for different effects and weights of fabrics and products.
An ingenious designer, Janey Lynn Skekleton, inspired by her grandmother who made cleaning cloths from an old chenille bathrobe, used chenille fabric to create a line of products for the entire home.
In the kitchen, besides dish cloths, aprons with replaceable towels, trivets and dish towels, there is the Berry Best Veggie Sack that stores fresh fruit and produce and absorbs the ethylene gas that accelerates ripening.
In the bath and spa, luxuriate with mitts, soap sacs, and shower shaggies that come with a soap pocket and help eliminate dead skin cells.
Made from 100% Cotton Chenille and other materials, Shaggies come in megalicious colors and patterns like Orange Marmalade, Yum Yum Bubble Gum, Espresso, Cornbread, and more. Their soft thirsty surface holds 10 times its own weight and works on any surface for picking up messes, polishing surfaces, scrubbing pots, and dusting floors and furniture.