Peruvian Pima Cotton, known as “white gold”, is hands down the world’s finest cotton.
About 95% of a cotton fiber consists of a strong organic compound called cellulose. Some of the most important properties of cotton come from that basic organic component. These main properties are its absorbency and breathability, which are essential for tropical weather apparel. In addition, cotton is hypoallergenic, non-toxic, sustainable, and renewable.
Out of all cotton classifications, Pima cotton is of the highest quality and it is produced in significantly low quantities. It is therefore more expensive than regular cotton. Archaeological evidence suggests that the Pima Cotton plant (Gossypium Barbadense) was first harvested in Northern Peru as far back as 3100 B.C. It is thought that this fiber was later named after the North American Pima Indians who helped cultivate it in the United States of America where today is machine harvested.
Why is Peruvian Pima cotton the best in its class and has earned the status of luxury cotton? To begin with, Peruvian Pima cotton grows in an ideal micro-climate which gives it extra long fibers (extra long staple - ELS - cotton). While conventional cotton fibers measure an average of 0.8 inches in length, Peruvian Pima cotton fibers reach 1.6 inches. These fibers are spun into yarns of superior strength resulting in a fabric of lovely softness. Additionally, Peruvian Pima cotton is harvested by hand. This ancestral method results in cotton staples that remain undamaged, allowing for more brilliant and whiter whole cotton that dyes beautifully. Peruvians are proud to maintain these ancient harvesting methods that produce outstanding results.
The global production of Pima cotton is about 1% of the totality of cotton produced in the world; from that 1% only a minuscule percentage is produced in Peru where the suitable climate, geographical location, and hand harvesting methods make all the difference. As you can see, there is cotton and there is Pima cotton, however we are proud to say we use Peruvian Pima cotton, the best in its class.
Modal fabric is also made of organic cellulose fiber, this fiber is made from beech trees. Modal is classified as a bio-based manufactured textile. This is because modal is sourced from plants and it goes through a manufacturing process that transforms the pulp into fabric.
The concept of modal fibers was developed in Japan in 1951 and has been improved since then to the softer and popular modern version that we have today. Like cotton, Modal’s natural composition makes it highly absorbent and breathable. It is silky soft, perfect for wearing close to the skin and it is efficiently combined with cotton to mutually enhance their great properties.
Our custom made fabric blends of Modal and Peruvian Pima cotton have just the right proportions, making them versatile and luxurious.
Although Spandex is not a natural fiber, it is sometimes added to our fabric composition in minimal proportions. Just a touch with the purpose of enhancing functionality. The tiny percentage of Spandex added to some of our fabric blends does not affect the overall breathability of the natural fabrics we use, yet it provides ideal stretching properties and versatility.
Always check the label of your garment for care instructions. Generally, for fine natural fibers and natural blends hand-wash cold with mild soap, do not bleach, lay flat to dry, do not tumble dry, cool iron if needed. It may be dry cleaned.
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