To the uninitiated, saying that a towel (A TOWEL!?) is a life-altering, perspective-changing, total paradigm shift *might* seem extreme. But, then, perhaps they haven't met a Thalassa Turkish Towel. The iconic flat-weave Hamam towel is a long-celebrated element of Turkey's textile heritage (Hamam is the Altaic word for the insane-amazing traditional Turkish Bath tradition dating to the Ottoman empire) and the soft, sturdy, ultra-absorbent, quick-drying, toss-'em-in-the-wash, dare-we-say-beautiful towels are part of that rich tradition. To say that these supple linens are well-suited for the the bath is an understatement. And, while we love them at home, the whole "life changing" part comes when you take them adventuring. With a tiny folded footprint and infinite applications: picnic blanket, pareo, shade sail, babe toga, sarong, headscarf, shawl, privacy screen, blanket, a modest layer for an impromptu temple visitÑyou name it, these do it. We tuck one into our suitcases whenever the wanderlust strikes. "Thalassa" was the name given by the ancient Aegean people to the spirit of the sea and, from the classic towels to the cushy throws, these linens perfectly capture the sun-drenched alchemy of functionality and fabulous possibility.