Made in Nara, Japan, the dishcloth is infused with Binchotan, a Japanese charcoal that is anti-odor and anti-microbial. It features a 6 layer weave that increases water absorbency and durability.Textured surface means better cleaning power while damp. Dries quickly after use. Fabric gets softer with use. To achieve softness faster, soak in hot water for 5 minutes. Avoid contact with bleach and do not put into the dryer.