This cotton potholder has a layer of metallic Insul-Brite to actually stop anything from burning through. The thick layers give it protection and yet it is still easy to fold and maneuver for your cooking needs. It was quilted with a stipple to give it unique texture. The backing is a swirly teal blue color to match the top. The thread is also cotton so it will not melt or distort when used. It is 100% washable. Use it in your camping kitchen for the oven or to place hot things onto your picnic table for the family.