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The Pima Cotton is harvested on the northern coast of Peru by hand, a process that allows to differentiate the qualities of cotton.
The extra-long staple cotton (measures between 38.10 to 41.27 mm. Other fibers only reach between 20 and 32 mm) is considered the finest one in the world and its most outstanding characteristics that have determined its recognition include great fineness, softness and sheen. Another benefits of this cotton is that it does not irritate the skin (does not contains pesticide residues or synthetic fertilizers. It is ideal for sensitive skin) and durability (its fine and long fiber it is up to fifty percent more resistant than most of the standard varieties of cotton).
It is generally used for the manufacture of handkerchiefs and t-shirts. And Europe is precisely the main destination for this type of clothing.
Important brands such as Armani Exchange, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, and Lacoste prefer to work with Peruvian Pima Cotton as it allows a very fine and even spinning. Due to its attributes, clothes that are light as well as highly durable and resistant to washing can be produced. Also, since it’s white, it’s easy to dye and obtain garments with a great diversity of shades.
Even Peru produces four other varieties of cotton: Supima, Tangüis, Del Cerro and Áspero–Pima.
We will also tell you about another famous cotton, Egyptian cotton, which is grown in the Nile Delta, where its climatic and humidity conditions encourage its cultivation. In addition, no pesticides or chemicals are used to clean the plant.
Their harvest is also done manually to avoid damages and contaminations. It is very strong, bright and soft. There are few differences between both types of cotton, but the main one is that all fibers of Pima Cotton is extra-long, which allows a longer duration and resistance; however, not all Egyptian cotton fibers have this feature.