Not all cotton are created equal. Like coffee, cashmere or fine wine, the quality of cotton can vary greatly. Thanks to ideal growing conditions, extra-long staple length and hand harvesting, Peruvian Pima cotton is the world's finest Pima, prized for its exceptional softness and brilliant luster, as well as its durability. One touch is all it takes to show you just how luxurious a cotton can be.
In order to grow exceptional cotton, you need exceptional growing conditions. Peruvian Pima cotton grows lush and lovely along the northern coastal valleys of Peru. There, the rich soil soaks up just the right amount of moisture at near-perfect equatorial temperatures. The result is cotton with a silky luster and an unbelievably soft hand.
Unlike much commercial cotton, Peruvian Pima cotton is harvested entirely by hand. Industrial harvesting leaves in scratchy impurities which affect cotton's smoothness and creates an unattractive yellowish cast. By comparison, the careful hand harvesting of Peruvian Pima results in a brilliant white shade which takes beautifully to dyes. Another benefit: harvesting cotton by hand is also more environmentally friendly.
With any natural fiber, the longer and smoother the filament, the softer the hand. Because of its exceptionally long, 1-3/8" staple length (ordinary cotton fibers measure between 1/2" to 3/4"), Peruvian Pima cotton is silky soft, extremely durable, and highly resistant to pilling.
And unlike other fibers, Pima cotton does not cause allergies, making it an excellent choice for people with skin sensitivities.
- Softer and more absorbent than any other cotton
- Ideal growing conditions of coastal Peru create the best quality Pima cotton in the world
- Due to its extra-long 1-3/8" staple length, Peruvian Pima cotton is especially soft, durable, and highly resistant to pilling
- Environmentally friendly hand-harvesting results in brilliant white fibers which dye beautifully and are free from scratchy impurities
- Perfect for those who suffer from allergies or those with sensitive skin
Peruvian Pima Cotton
Pima cotton that is grown in Peru under excellent growing conditions. This cotton is harvested by hand which reduces the scratchy impurities and guarantees a more brilliant white shade that can be easily dyed.
Pima cotton is a generic name for extra-long staple (ELS) cotton grown in the U.S., Australia, Peru and in very limited production in a few other locations around the world Pima was previously called American-Egyptian cotton, but was renamed to honor the Pima Indians who were growing the cotton for the USDA in Sacaton, Arizona. Pima is of Gossypium barbadense species, compared to Gossypium hirsutum to which upland cotton belongs. The primary differences between Pima (ELS grown) cotton and upland cotton are staple length and strength of the fiber. In the U.S., cotton is considered to be ELS or Pima if it is an inch and 3/8 or longer. Its strength and uniformity measurements are considerably higher than those of upland cotton. It has a silk-like hand and a very fine weave.
Peruvian Pima cotton and Tanguis cotton are counted among the finest and cleanest cotton in the world. Highly washable, these two varieties are also more resistant than any other cotton, thus guaranteeing long-lasting excellent quality garments.
Our Clients are satisfied with both the world’s most superb materials and the finest distinctive finishing techniques in the textile apparel that GAITEX produces for them. It could not possibly be any other way since our clients’ renowned brands rely entirely on Gaitex quality.
Peruvian Tanguis cotton, developed by a Peruvian farmer, is ranked among the finest fibers in the world. It is characterized by its resistance and its incredibly soft, long, and uniform fibers. Highly absorbent, Peruvian Tanguis cotton will retain 24-27 times its own weight in moisture. Garments made with Peruvian Tanguis cotton are said to “breathe,” as the fiber absorbs and releases perspiration quickly. Perfect for sportswear.
The fabric is durable and healthy with both fashion and therapeutic properties when next to skin, it helps shield the human body against electromagnetic waves and interferences from the electron devices such as cell phones and computers. It also provides protection from UV radiation, holds body heat, while the porosity of the fabric allows circulation of air.