by Amy Ramos June 04, 2018

What is Pima Cotton?

Pima cotton is a long staple cotton. Due to it’s long fibers, pima cotton has gained a reputation for producing a smooth fabric that is soft to the touch, resistant to fraying, tearing, pilling, wrinkling, and fading.

Pima cotton vs regular cotton

Staple (length and quality of Pima)

The longer the staple of the cotton, the better the quality of the product. The image above visually illustrates the difference in length between Pima and regular cotton. For those who like numbers, pima cotton measure between 1.375 to 2 inches in length while short staple cotton fibers measure up to 1.125 inches long. Pima cotton fabric comes out softer and more durable than if it were to be made from a shorter staple cotton. Manufacturers say that pima cotton has a 50 percent longer life expectancy than other cotton products. Additionally, because of the softness of this fabric, pima fabric is ideal for people who have sensitive skin.

Where is Pima Cotton Grown?

Pima Cotton is primarily grown in 3 different areas: the southwestern regions of the United States, Australia, and Peru. Pima cotton originated in Peru but it gained its name after the Pima Indians who helped raise the cotton in the United States.

Verification of Pima Cotton

The Wall Street Journal released an article stating that "The Cotton Egypt Association, which licenses the trademark and certifies suppliers, estimates that 90% of products labeled ‘Egyptian cotton’ are fakes". There are similar issues with Pima cotton where the cotton is often not verified. A high quality product is always under threat from imposters as both Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton have experienced. Some manufacturers blend pima cotton with lower quality cotton, yet they still market their products under the name pima, giving the illusion of a high quality and trustworthy product. 

Pima Cotton
Long-staple cotton that is above average quality
Above average consistency
Generally good quality and often grown in USA
May be grown abroad
Not monitored by 3rd party organizations
Not as consistent as Supima cotton
May be blended with cheaper cotton
Supima Cotton
Verified by the Supima® Association
Extra-Long Staple for strong & soft fibers
Grown ONLY in America
Consistent quality
One of the longest staple cottons available
Expensive!! Pricier than Egyptian cotton. 
Nearly 3x the Price of USA-grown upland cotton
Egyptian Cotton
Long-staple cotton if it is real Egyptian cotton
Above average consistency
Good quality if you're getting the real thing
90% of Egyptian Cotton is Fake
Grown in China or India more than Egypt 
Expensive for cotton of questionable origin 
The 'mystique' of Egyptian cotton is greater than the reality

If you're going to pay a premium for quality you should choose Supima® Cotton over Pima. It is verified by the Supima® association so you know you are getting what you pay for. California-grown Supima, also known as American-Egyptian cotton, is 35% longer than regular cotton, which makes the fiber 45% stronger and considerably softer. Supima® accounts for less than 3% of the cotton grown in the United States, and comes fully certified by the Supima® association. And while that makes it nearly 3x more expensive than regular cotton, the expense is well worth it.

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