Canyon Group Chenille Information, Sizing Assistance, and Care Instructions

About Canyon Group Chenille:

Canyon Group chenille is authentic chenille made in Dalton, Georgia, the birthplace of the chenille industry.  Canyon Group is the only chenille manufacturer remaining in the United States.

Most Canyon Group chenille is made from a 50% cotton/50% polyester blend, which is necessary to pass the Federal flammability requirements for adult sleepwear.  100%  cotton chenille does not pass flammability testing and, therefore, can not be used to make bathrobes.  Be wary of imported chenille robes that may not have been tested for flammability according to the standards for adult sleepwear mandated by the Consumer Products Safety Commission!  Canyon Group does offer their zip-front, hooded jackets in 100% cotton chenille, which do not have to meet the Federal flammability standards for adult sleepwear.

Over the years, Canyon Group has offered their robes, jackets, and home products in five types of chenille, "plush," "demi," "crayon," "wavy," and "windowpane," although "demi," "wavy," and "windowpane" chenilles have all been discontinued. 

The following descriptions are provided to better explain the difference between the types of chenille and to assist customers in identifying which type of chenille their current Canyon Group chenille robe is made from:

"Plush" chenille has dense lines of chenille (about 8 lines of chenille per inch), resulting in a thick, warm robe that is perfect for cold weather.  "Demi" chenille has less dense lines of chenille (about 6 lines of chenille per inch), resulting in a lighter weight fabric that is best for warmer weather or those customers who simply prefer a lighter weight robe.

"Super plush" chenille, discontinued by Canyon Group in 2006, was the thickest chenille of all, with about 10 lines of chenille per inch!  The difference in the density of the chenille lines is not easily discernible in an image, so we have not included a picture of this chenille type here.  "Super plush" chenille was the fabric of choice for most of the Canyon Group robes sold at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

For customers who are unsure if their current Canyon Group robe is made from "super plush," "plush," or "demi" chenille, please measure the number of straight lines of chenille per inch on your robe.

Canyon Group's "crayon" chenille is the perfect combination of "plush" and "demi" chenille.  It has the obvious lines of chenille, like "demi" chenille, but the lines of chenille are thicker and wider, resulting in a warm, cozy fabric that is perfect for colder weather, just like "plush" chenille!

As you can see in the above pictures, the coin spans 3 lines of "crayon" chenille, whereas the same coin spans 5 lines of "demi" chenille.

For a more nostalgic look, you will love Canyon Group's limited-edition "wavy" chenille, which has the thickness and warmth of "plush" chenille, but the lines are wavy instead of straight:

Because the lines of wavy chenille are not uniformly spaced (there are 6 lines of wavy chenille that are very close together, alternating with 8 lines that are spaced slightly farther apart, almost like a combination of "plush" and "demi" chenille in wavy lines on the same fabric), we do not provide the number of lines of chenille per inch of this fabric.  The fabric backing used to make wavy chenille is a bit heavier and more stiff than that which is used to make their other chenille types.  This is necessary to ensure the fabric moves smoothly back and forth through the machine that makes the wavy chenille.  This fabric softens beautifully when washed, particularly if you add a touch of fabric softener to the wash cycle.

Canyon Group's limited edition "windowpane" chenille is made on a heavier fabric backing than that which is used to make their other chenille types and has vertical and horizontal lines of chenille that create one-inch squares, resulting in a chenille that is heavy and warm:

All Canyon Group chenille has stitching in the form of lines and/or designs, just like Grandma's bedspread.  Their chenille is not faux chenille, micro-chenille, ribbed microfiber, or any other fabric trying to imitate the look and feel of authentic chenille.  The inside or "wrong" side of authentic chenille must have visible stitching, an example of which is shown in this picture of Canyon Group's "plush" chenille:

This picture shows the inside of "demi" chenille:

The following picture shows the inside or "wrong" side of Canyon Group's famous "Wedding Cake" chenille, which is more reminiscent of vintage chenille and made differently from their other types of chenille.  For this fabric, the chenille is not stitched in lines, but rather, in the form of flowers, swirls, and circles, showing much more of the white fabric backing.  In addition to their "Wedding Cake" chenille, Canyon Group also used this method to make their equally fabulous "Auntie Em," "Tea and Sympathy," "Flower Basket," "Wedding Ring,"and "Garden Grace" chenille.

As shown in the previous pictures, authentic chenille will have visible stitching on the inside or "wrong" side of the fabric.  If you do not see stitching on the inside of the fabric, it is not authentic chenille.  The space between the stitching may vary based on the type of chenille and manufacturer, but the stitching must be present for the fabric to be authentic chenille. 

The "right" side of chenille will have a fluffy nap (in straight lines or in the shape of designs), which is how it received its name ("chenille" is the French word for "caterpillar"). The ends of the fluffy yarn are each snipped close to the base fabric and are not loops, like you would see on terry cloth fabric.

After each chenille robe is made, Canyon Group then uses a stencil to mark the location of each colorful design by hand, and each design is then tufted onto the chenille robe using 100% cotton yarn.  These designs are not patches, appliqués, or embroidered details, but are chenille themselves, stitched through the chenille fabric used to make the robe and then fluffed on the outside.

This picture is an example of a solid-colored heart tufted onto lipstick pink "plush" chenille:

This picture is an example of a multi-colored cupcake tufted onto mint green "demi" chenille:

Because each chenille robe is marked by hand, placement of the tufted designs may vary, resulting in no two robes being exactly alike!  All designs are carefully tufted onto each robe by one of Canyon Group's talented design staff using a specialized, hand-guided machine, although some tiny details, fabric reinforcements, minor repairs, and the removal of overrun stitches are often done by hand.  Please note that the removal of overrun stitches may leave a very small, needle-sized opening where the needle with tufting yarn passed between the fibers of the chenille fabric.  This process does not break the fibers, but rather, passes between them just like with a sewing machine, and the opening will fill back in once your robe has been washed and dried.  We find that simply rubbing across the opening with your fingernail will bring the fibers back together.  Because the manufacture of chenille is, by nature, an imperfect process, occasional missed stitches can occur, which are typically well-concealed by the surrounding, fluffy nap and do not affect the overall beauty of the finished chenille robe.  There may be slight variations in the yarn colors used for the tufted designs, due to differences in dye lots and availability, but the overall look of the designs will not be affected.  Minor variations in the color of the chenille can occur based on how the natural and synthetic fibers accept the dye and differences between dye lots.  Although all of the colors appear accurate on our computer, they may appear different to you, based on your computer settings.

Canyon Group Robe Sizing Information:

Rose Garden Boutique routinely carries four styles of Canyon Group chenille bathrobes: the 48-inch wrap robe, 56-inch wrap robe, 48-inch zip-front robe, and 36-inch kimono wrap robe.  Please check our site for other styles and lengths that may be available as limited editions from Canyon Group.  All robes are slightly oversized for comfort, have separate belts (unless otherwise specified), and are available in a wide range of sizes, designs, and colors.  Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to carry every robe in every available size and color.

All of the 56-inch heirloom and vintage-inspired fitted robes have been discontinued by Canyon Group and may be available in very limited designs and sizes, if shown on our website.

Canyon Group's sizing is based on ladies' dress size.  Please use the table below to assist you in selecting the correct size.  Because all sizes listed are US sizes, we recommend that international customers consult an online size conversion chart for assistance with size selection.  Please contact us by email should you need additional assistance with sizing. 

Canyon Group Chenille Product: Approximate Ladies` Size:
(as suggested by Canyon Group)
Wrap Robes, Zip-Front Robes,
and Jackets

Extra Small = 4
Small = 6-8
Medium = 10-12
Large = 14
XL = 16
1X = 16-18 *
2X = 20-22 *
3X = 24-26 *
Kimono Robes

XS/S = 4-8
M/L = 10-14
XL/XXL = 16-20
* feedback from customers indicates the X (plus) size wrap robes tend to run a
bit smaller than expected, so please keep this in mind when selecting your size.

SIZING FOR MEN: Ever since Brad Pitt wore the ladies' lilac Coffee Talk 48-inch wrap robe in the movie "Fight Club," men have wanted this robe!  Canyon Group recommends that men buy one size larger than their casual shirt size (for example, for a man who wears a size XL shirt, then the 1X robe is the recommended size).

The length of each robe is indicated in the product title and description and is the average length for that robe style.  The actual length may vary by size.  The length of each robe is measured from the seam at the base of the neck down to the hem.  We recomend that you measure this length on yourself to determine where specific robe lengths will fall on you.  In general, based on the robe size you purchase and your height, a 36-inch kimono robe should hit from mid to lower thigh, a 48-inch wrap or zip-front robe should hit from below the knee to mid calf, and a 56-inch wrap robe should be ankle to floor length.

Because each robe is individually made by the seamstresses at Canyon Group, the actual measurements may vary slightly among same-sized robes.  If you are debating between two sizes, we suggest selecting the larger size.  We find that most people prefer a roomy fit instead of a snug fit.  However, because fit preferences will vary from one customer to the next and bodies can be disproportionate, we are not able to guarantee the fit or sizing of your robe and recommend that you request measurements of any robe you are considering for purchase to help ensure your new robe will meet your expectations for fit.  Because the process of making chenille involves piercing a fabric backing with hundred of needles of yarn to make the fluffy lines, chenille is a somewhat delicate fabric.  Rarely, unusual or excessive stress along the lines of chenille can result in tearing, so please ensure that your robe has a loose, comfortable fit and is not wrapped too tightly at areas where your body bends or twists.

Please note that Canyon Group has made chenille robes according to individual store specifications and/or patterns.  For example, all Canyon Group chenille robes sold by QVC and Junonia (and possibly other stores) were made from patterns specifically designed for each of these vendors.  Therefore, sizing for robes purchased elsewhere may differ from that of robes purchased from our store.  Because Canyon Group may adjust any of their patterns over time, even if you are replacing a chenille robe purchased from us, we do recommend that you request measurements to ensure your new robe will meet your expectations for fit.

Canyon Group Chenille Care Instructions:

The following information is applicable to all Canyon Group chenille products, including robes, kimonos, jackets, shower wraps, pillows, bedding, tote bags, fabrics, and craft items.

Canyon Group makes and dyes their own chenille in Dalton, Georgia, using raw materials also made in the United States.  Unfinished or "greige" chenille, right off of the loom, is the color of muslin and is either bleached to become white or dyed to be one of Canyon Group's standard chenille colors.  Please note that white chenille may have a faint, chlorine-like scent of bleach, which will wash out when the robe is laundered.

In addition to the traditional process used to dye chenille, Canyon Group also uses a specialized process to treat all of their dark and vibrant chenille fabric colors (aqua, bedroom blue, indigo, leaf green, lime green, lipstick pink, purple, and Texas orange, which require a large amount of dye and long time in the dye bath to achieve the desired color) with a professional color fixative to remove any excess dye and ensure colorfastness in cold water only.  This professional color fixative will wash out in warm water, leaving the garment no longer colorfast, so please follow the care instructions printed on the inside label and wash and rinse your Canyon Group chenille product in cold water only!  Canyon Group inserts a colored tagging barb into the cuff of each robe that has gone through this colorfast process to ensure the process has been completed on all robes made from dark or vibrant chenille colors.  This barb is then snipped out during the final finishing process, but is occasionally overlooked.  If you receive a robe with a colored tagging barb in the cuff, this does not mean your robe was marked as defective, and you may snip the barb out at your convenience.  Canyon Group's lighter chenille colors (lilac, lunar blue, mint green, sage green, slipper pink, sun yellow, and white) are colorfast in cold water with the traditional dye process only and do not require this additional color fixative process since they need very small amounts of dye and a short time in the dye bath to achieve the desired color.

All of the colorful yarn used to tuft the designs on each robe (i.e., coffee cups, moons, flowers, etc.) are from yarn manufacturers located in the United States and are colorfast in cold water only.

Once the chenille robe has been sewn and the tufted designs have been added, Canyon Group washes and/or rinses each finished chenille product according to their care instructions prior to shipment to retail stores.  This helps remove the dark, chalky markings on the inside of each robe, which identify the locations of the tufted designs.  It also helps fluff the yarn used to tuft the designs.  You may still see some of these small, dark marks on your robe, usually near the edges of the tufted designs.  These markings will come out when your robe is laundered again.  The following picture is an example of the small, dark marks that may still be visible on the inside of a Canyon Group chenille robe, near the edges of the tufted designs:

Occasionally, during the handling of the robe while adding the tufted designs, this dark chalk may transfer to other parts of the robe.  Please be assured that any residual dark markings will wash out completely when the robe is laundered.

Once each chenille robe has been washed and/or rinsed and dried in the dryer, Canyon Group then spritzes each finished chenille robe with 1/4 strength fabric softener and returns it to the dryer for 10-15 minutes. This helps to further fluff the yarn for additional softness.  For customers who may be sensitive to the faint floral or "mountain fresh" fragrance of fabric softener, we recommend that you hang your chenille robe outside in the fresh air to help remove the lingering scent.  If you have a covered and secure place to hang your chenille robe outside in the cool night air, we recommend doing so overnight for the best results.  To remove any fabric softener that may be on the chenille, we recommend washing your chenille robe according to Canyon Group's care label, using a small amount of mild, grease-cutting liquid dish soap, such as Dawn®, instead of laundry detergent.  Canyon Group's chenille care instructions for customers to follow are provided in more detail below.

Please follow all care instructions as printed on the inside label.  To protect the chenille, Canyon Group recommends washing your chenille robe with a very mild laundry detergent (such as Ivory, Dreft, or other detergent specifically formulated for baby clothing) on the gentle, delicate, or hand-wash cycle in cold water (if your machine has a hand-wash cycle, this is ideal for carefully washing your Canyon Group chenille robe).  Harsher detergents can contain strong chemicals that decrease the pH of the wash water, making it more acidic, which may damage the chenille and/or yarn colors.  Please contact us if you are unsure what laundry detergent to use.  We highly recommend that you test your wash water to ensure that it is cold, which is 60-70° Farenheit (15.6-21.1° Celcius) or less.  You can test your wash water using your hand if you do not have a thermometer.  Your wash water is considered cold enough if you can not keep your hand in it for more than 60 seconds without being uncomfortable.  Please note that the temperature of the cold water setting on washing machines can vary, so please test your wash water.  Additionally, water remaining in the pipes of your washing machine after a previous warm or hot wash cycle can contain enough warm water to turn a "cold" wash to a "warm" wash, so please run this excess water out first by running a rinse/spin cyle using cold water only.  To minimize possible exposure to warm water, we recommend that you add your Canyon Group chenille robe to the wash water after your washing machine tub has completely filled with cold water.  It is best to wash your chenille robe by itself in a full tub of cold water by selecting the largest load size possible on your washing machine.  This should allow adequate movement of your chenille robe through the water during the wash and rinse cycles.  Please do not let your chenille robe sit in the washer after it has been washed as color transference can occur when brightly-colored wet yarn is in contact with other wet parts of your chenille robe for a period of time.  As soon as the wash/rinse/spin cycle has completed, immediately fluff your robe by itself in the dryer on the lowest heat setting.  Based on the fiber content, your robe should not shrink if it is washed and dried as instructed.

As per the hang tag that came on your Canyon Group chenille robe and Canyon Group's Frequently Asked Questions (see question #5) on their website, you should expect your chenille robe to shed lint during the first few washings (the lint trap on your dryer will likely be full after the first wash and dry cycle).  This will decrease with subsequent washings.  Some customers are surprised by the shedding of lint, but please be assured that this is entirely normal and expected for Canyon Group chenille and does not represent inferior quality or a defect in the chenille fabric.  You may choose to brush your robe very gently with a soft-bristled brush to fluff the yarn and remove any lint that may cling to your robe when removed from the dryer.  To further fluff your robe, you may also choose to spritz your dry robe lightly with 1/4 strength fabric softener, then fluff it the dryer for 10-15 minutes or until it is dry, whichever is sooner.  If your robe has become compressed in the package during the shipping process, you may wish to fluff it in the dryer upon receipt (with or without a spritz of 1/4 strength fabric softener), which will restore its soft and wonderful fluff.  Due of the variety of yarns used to make your chenille robe and its tufted designs, some strands of yarn may lengthen or become fuzzy during the washing, drying, and/or fluffing cycles.  Should this occur, they can simply be snipped back to the correct length and/or to remove any fuzzy ends once your chenille robe is completely dry.  After the first few wash/dry/fluff cycles, the yarns should stabilize, and snipping will no longer be necessary.

Because chenille is made by looping yarn through the base fabric and snipping each end on the outside of the garment to create the fluffy nap, the looped yarn (also called chenille "tufts") is not locked or secured into place.  If the chenille tufts are pulled on or come in contact with something sticky, prickly, bristly, or adhesive, they can be pulled out from the base fabric, so always care for and wear your chenille garment gently.  Never wash or dry your chenille robe with another garment that has velcro closures.  The velcro may attach itself to the chenille garment and pull out the individual tufts of yarn, leaving bald areas on your chenille robe or jacket.  Please always wash and dry your Canyon Group chenille shower wrap with the velcro closure securely attached to prevent damage to the chenille!

If you wish to retain the brand-new appearance over the life of your Canyon Group chenille robe, you may opt to have it dry cleaned, although this is not required as per the manufacturer's care label.  We recommend that you wash your chenille robe as infrequently as possible, which will help protect the chenille and retain its fluff and appearance.

If you store your winter chenille robe away during the summer months (or vice versa), please be aware that mice love chenille yarn for their nests!  If you ever find a patch on your robe that is missing some of the yarn, this is not a defect of the chenille fabric, but rather, is damage caused by mice.  Please be sure to store your chenille robe in a well-sealed container, away from areas where mice may live; such as attics, basements, garages, sheds, and storage units.  Rarely, even robes hanging in closets have been damaged by mice.  The following picture is an example of rodent damage to a white "plush" Canyon Group chenille robe that was in storage:

For over 40 years, Canyon Group's vintage-inspired and whimsical chenille robes have been a worldwide favorite, with numerous appearances on television shows and in the movies.  With gentle care and proper storage, luxurious Canyon Group chenille robes should surround you with warmth, comfort, and pleasure for many years!