Pima Cotton – What is Pima Cotton?

What is Pima Cotton?

Pima cotton is long-staple cotton grown primarily in California and Arizona. It is exceptionally strong and fine. 

Pima is fine, long-staple cotton that yields a very soft weave. 

According to other sources: ‘Pima’ is the generic term generally applied to Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton. It had previously been called American-Egyptian cotton but was renamed to honor the Pima Indians who were growing the cotton for the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) in Sacaton, Arizona. 

Pima cotton

Products made of Pima cotton:

As said above Pima cotton are an extra-long staple. With Pima cotton, finer cotton yarns are spun (higher cotton count). Fine yarns like the 50s, 60s, and 80s are spun using Pima cotton which is used in premium clothing. Apparel items like t-shirts are made of Pima cotton. Superior bed linens are also made of Pima cotton.

Related: Various uses of cotton

Pima is American cotton having a staple length of more than 34 mm-38mm. Check the T-shirts made of Pima cotton.

Related: Difference between Pima cotton and Supima cotton

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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