did you know ?
Egyptian cotton is usually applied to the extra long staple cotton produced
in Egypt and favored for the luxury and upmarket brands worldwide. In fact, the
cotton species which produces extra long staple "Egyptian" cotton is the native
American species Gossypium barbadense that is Peruvian
What is pima
Pima cotton from Peru is renowned
for its softness, brilliant luster and strong staple, characteristics that
classify it as a luxury fiber. It is the length of a fiber’s staple that
determines the softness, smoothness and durability of the yarn and finished
garment. Peruvian pima cotton has a longer staple than other cotton, which
accounts for its superior quality and gives it its luxury status.
Each precious boll is carefully
harvested by hand in order to winnow out the scratchy impurities which affect
the smoothness and luster of the yarn. The hand-harvesting method results in
brilliant white bolls that absorb dye deeply, permitting a wide range of vibrant
Grown in the northern coastal
valley, where the soil and weather offer optimal growing conditions, this finest
of cottons has been cultivated for thousands of years and is prized throughout
Luxurious, yet practical, pima
cotton garments wear well, grow softer over time, and are easy to care for.
cottons are created equal. As with coffee or cashmere or fine wine, grades and
qualities of cotton vary. Peruvian pima cotton is prized the world over for its
exceptional softness and brilliant luster. It is the world's finest pima. This
sought after fiber is a delight to the senses: one touch will change your
perception of how a cotton can be.
luster and buttery soft hand of Peruvian pima result from the ideal growing
conditions in the northern coastal valleys where it is cultivated. There, the
rich soil soaks up just the right amount of moisture at a near perfect
harvesting of Peruvian pima cotton is done by hand—another important
distinction. Industrial harvesting leaves in scratchy impurities which affect
smoothness and create a yellowish cast. The careful hand harvesting of Peruvian
pima cotton results in a brilliant white shade which takes beautifully to dyes.
natural fiber, the longer and smoother the filament, the softer the hand.
Because of its exceptional 1-3/8" staple length (ordinary cotton fibers measure
1/2" to 3/4"), Peruvian pima cotton is silky soft, durable, and highly resistant
to pilling. Though luxurious, Peruvian pima cotton is a hard-wearing fiber
that's easy to maintain and will serve you well for years to come.
Why Buy Peruvian
Peruvian Pima cotton is prized all
around the world as a luxury fiber and is called 'gamuza' by the Peruvians,
meaning suede in Spanish because of its silky soft feel and brilliant luster.
The silky soft feel is a result of the excellent growing conditions in the
northern coastal valleys of Peru where it is cultivated.
Peruvian pima cotton is harvested by
hand, resulting in a brilliant white shade that can be easily dyed. Cotton
harvested industrially leaves scratchy impurities, which affect smoothness and
creates a yellowish color to the fiber. This fiber is classified as luxury
because of its 1 3/8" length, ordinary cottons measure half to three quarters as
much in length.
This fabric can be easily machine washed (gentle) or dry cleaned, is practical
and easy to maintain and will last through many years of use.
PERUVIAN POMA COTTON IS HIGH QUALITY COTTON
RECOGNIZED BY DESIGNERS.