We’re not 100% sure where towel origami first originated, but it’s clear these fluffy, abstract sculptures have become a trademark for housekeeping staff world over, not to mention a hot talking point for guests. Popular on cruise-liners and resorts from Thailand to Cuba by way of Dubai, we survey the art of towel origami in various establishments around the globe.
No doubt these towel-folding-artisans take inspiration from the 17th-Century Japanese art of folding paper into mini-sculptures: origami, but these days, it’s the towel folding that turns into paper-dollar tips for the sculptors.
Anyone can buy a how-to towel origami book from Amazon.com but if you’re a Carnival Cruise Line steward, you’ll need to undergo an intensive 10-hour training program to learn the wraps, pleats and weaves you need to know to create 40 different towel creatures.
From the swan to the elephant, the monkey to the butterfly, there are plenty of fluffy creatures to be found.
Liberty Travel’s Marketing Director John Feenaghty was recently at Sandals Emerald Bay on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas, when he came across these clever towel sculptures.
Further south in Cuba, hotel towel origami is alive and well at Hotel Las Cuevas in Trinidad, Cuba. Where a couple on their honeymoon were greeted by a love-heart-shaped towel entwined with two sweet towel-people.
The Greek’s haven’t forgotten the lost art of towel origami either.
Perhaps the hotel-towel-origami award should go to Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai for their artful menagerie featuring swans, elephants and dragons!
How about a pair of love birds found at the JW Marriott and Spa in Phuket, Thailand? Rumour has it the staff will even give you a quick lesson in towel origami if you ask nicely.
The staff really ‘snap-to-it’ at the Abu Tig Marina in El Gouna, Egypt.
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