The most common type of cotton is Upland cotton. Upland cotton makes up about 90% of the cotton produced around the world.
The remaining 10% is made up of Pima cotton and Egyptian cotton. Pima and Egyptian cotton have longer cotton fibres, these longer fibres create a premium fabric that is luxuriously soft and incredibly strong
In fact Pima cotton is known as The Silk of South America, for its softness and silky appearance.
Interesting facts about Peruvian Pima Cotton.
1. It is extremely strong and durable.
Pima Cotton is classified as an ‘extra-long staple cotton’, a term that refers to the length of the individual cotton fibres. These longer silkier fibres produce a luxuriously soft fabric that is also incredibly strong. Its resistant to fraying, tearing, wrinkling and is very absorbent.
2. It has a very long lifespan.
Pima Cotton is claimed to have a 50% increased longevity in lifespan compared to regular cotton. Due to its long fibres Pima Cotton hardly ever pills, this means that garments made from this textile stay wearable for years and years.
The extra long cotton fibres absorb colour better then conventional cotton fibres. This means the colour remains strong and vibrant for longer than short fibre cottons.
3. It's Hypoallergenic, organic and hand harvested.
No fertilisers and chemicals are used in the production of Pima Cotton as its flower cannot tolerate pesticides. Hand harvesting the cotton ensures the highest quality yarn as well as minimising the environmental impact of a machine harvest
4. Peru has optimal growing conditions for Pima cotton.
Incredible fibres need incredible growing conditions. The northern coastal valleys of Peru are Pima Cottons ideal home. This is due to the regions rich soil and perfect temperatures, which result in the cotton having an unbelievably soft hand and beautiful luster.
5. It's just as Peruvian as alpaca.
Pima Cotton is one of the oldest types of cotton in the world. Historically Pima cotton was grown in the coastal areas of Peru, where fisherman would use it to make their nets. The Incas also used Pima cotton in the production of blankets.