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Pima cotton and Egyptian cotton: what makes them special?

Throughout the world, there are different varieties of cotton used for production in the clothing industry, but only one is considered the richest in terms of its characteristics, in addition to providing greater comfort to the wearer, giving the satisfaction of being, without a shadow of doubt, a high-quality textile garment, resilient and highly valued around the world.

In a previous post we talked about the exclusivity and technical details of this fibre. We are talking about “Pima cotton” which shares a common bond with another prized fibre, “Egyptian cotton”. Both are intended purely for production of high level textile garments for the world’s most demanding industries.

Both their histories converge with the introduction into Peru of Egyptian cotton which came from the State of Arizona in 1918 (originally an Egyptian Mit Afifi type). This seed adapted perfectly to the climatology and the land type in the Piura region, producing a fibre with unparalleled and unique varieties.

What makes Pima cotton special? The secret comes from UV rays which nourish the seed, the region’s humidity and the temperatures which it is accustomed to in this part of Peru, in addition to careful hand harvesting, which avoids damaging the fibre as it puts less pressure on it (machinery damages the fibre).

With these conditions we obtain a long and thin but resistant and above all durable fibre, although Egyptian cotton managed to position itself as a high quality fibre around the world, the richness and properties of the North Peruvian soil produces unique variants of this quality cotton, obtaining a softness to the touch that makes it an unbeatable experience!



Until next time,

Juan David Rojas Arrunátegui