When we left Africa a few months ago for a month of time in the US, I immediately went for the whites at every store I entered. I couldn’t resist; I missed having whites in Africa. I can see why they were typically only used by the economically advantaged and for special/religious ceremonies- it was impossible to keep clothing bleachy clean in a place with blowing dirt and silty water. Below is a used-for-a-little-over-a-year American towel verses one I used in Africa (with washing machine laundering every time) for a little over a year… can you tell the difference?!