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What is a Chawel?

The name CHAWEL comes from the main use, where the idea initially came from. CHANGE TOWEL! Pronounced like Towel, but with a “CH” like in Chow. “Chow Wool” CHA WEL = Chawel!

The Purpose

The initial use for the Chawel was to make changing in public easier and faster! After a couple vacations with the Chawel, the other uses were born. The neck pillow use was the next use to be born, followed by the sleeping bag/blanket function after a few airport lay-overs. This is perfect for those who travel solo on the planes or at the beaches. Now the multi-uses work for everyone from mom/dad to the solo globe trotter, surfer, beach bum, and so on.

The Uses

Besides the original uses as a TOWEL, and a CHANGING ROOM, the other uses and ideas kept coming. From, watching sunsets and fireworks to breezy sunny days at the beach, the SLEEPING BAG/BLANKET use of the Chawel was born.

Being able to slip into your Chawel to cut the breeze, keeping you warm will make your stay at the beach longer. That same use comes in handy when having to spend nights in the best (and worst) airports, due to missed connections.

After thinking back to a trip to Brazil in 2005, the idea of a HIDDEN POCKET was adapted. After watching bags get snatched from distracted people at the beach, the need for a pocket seemed to fit. Your towel won’t get pulled out from under you while you are laying on it.

I was never 1 to sleep in flight. Once I used the Chawel as a NECK PILLOW, I had no problem falling asleep before takeoff. Before the Chawel, it didn’t matter how many times I has seen the in-flight movie, I would still watch it because I couldn’t sleep sitting up right. The Chawel gave me the head/neck support to sleep upright with out being a “bobble head”.


The Original Chawel was made of cotton terry towel, and cotton flannel (100%cotton).

The Chawel Sport is a 100% Polyester, quick drying with anti-snag and anti-bacterial finish.

The new Chawel Traveler is made with light weight cotton terry towel and soft micro-fleece.


Wash your Chawels in cold water and hang dry. After a few washes, the Originals can be treated like the rest of your cotton towels.

Kathy Dowsett


About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

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