Pima Cotton, the King of Cottons
Pima cotton is named after the Pima Indians who first grew it in the US, but its origins date back to its cultivation in Peru as far back as 3100 B.C.
Not all cottons 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.
Peruvian pima cotton is harvested entirely by hand. Industrial harvesting leaves in scratchy impurities which affects 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.