Peruvian Pima Cotton
What is Pima Cotton?
It is considered an "extra-long staple cotton" this means the length of individual cotton fibers are much longer than average cotton fibers. This allows for garments to have a luxurious almost silky soft feel to them. Much more resistant to pilling, tearing wrinkling and fading. It belongs to the Gossypium barbadense species of the Mallow family.
Careful harvesting maintains the true color of the material, so it takes to dyes very well. It makes one of the most luxurious fabrics in the world.
What makes Peruvian Pima Cotton So Special?
Egyptian Cotton and Peruvian Pima Cotton belong to the same species. They both offer fantastic quality. However it is mostly a climatic and geographic difference. The climate in Northern Peru makes it ideal for a longer fiber to grow. This means it is truly the softest cotton available.
Since the 1800's it has grown naturally in Peru. However the seed was brought to the US and flourished in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. This became what is known as "Supima Cotton". Regardless, nothing compares to the softness and quality from the original Peruvian Pima Cotton.