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What is Pima Cotton??

Posted on 20 April 2017

In case you've been wondering what that buttery-soft material our new loose-fit tops are made of... it's 100% Organic Pima Cotton! But what is Pima Cotton you ask?

Pima Cotton, also called Extra Long Staple (ELS), is a type of cotton grown primarily in Peru, the southwestern United States and Australia. It is considered to be one of the superior blends of cotton, and is extremely durable and absorbent. This type of cotton is named after the Pima, a group of American Indians who first cultivated the plant in the U.S., but the cotton's origins come from its cultivation in Peru. Unlike the more common upland cotton, which is of the species Gossypium Hirsutum, Pima Cotton is of the Gossypium Barbadens species. This type of cotton bears some similarity to many forms of Egyptian cotton, which is frequently used in towels and sheets. Pima Cotton is also quite rare, making up less than 5% of American cotton production. 

Pima Cotton has superior softness, lustre and durability due to unique features of the fibre, classifying it as a luxury fibre. Our Pima cotton from Peru's highlands has been hand picked to prevent excessive fiber breakage, thus ensuring the sustained purity and lustre.


The new Organic Pima Cotton Aphrodite Long Sleeve, Lakshmi Tee, and Parvati Tee are made locally in downtown Los Angeles. We know you will love the feel of these tops, and the loose fit and stylish cuts are flattering on all body types. Enjoy!

 

- Contributed by Evelyne Poghosyan in collaboration with LEALEE

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