Peruvian cotton is the world’s finest, prized for its exceptional durability, softness and brilliant luster. Thanks to ideal growing conditions in the northern coastal valleys of Peru, an extra-long staple length that allows for the soft hand and hand harvesting, making it also environmentally sounder.
Gossypium barbadense is the scientific name of the cotton type that is cultivated in Peru. The pre-Incan cultures used it to make the fabrics that even today keep theirs properties almost intact. In the beginning of the 20th century, two new varieties emerged: Pima and Tanguis, which remains amongst those with the longest, finest and most resistant fiber in the world.
Peruvian Pima cotton garments present a special glossiness and an unsurpassed softness, whereas Peruvian Tanquis cotton is ideal for mixing with wool and other fibers, both natural and artificial.
The cotton production in Peru is concentrated on the central and northern coast, where the weather in ideal for its cropping.
ALTAMIRA COTTON AT A GLANCE
- Softer and more absorbent than other cottons.
- Ideal growing conditions in Peru create the best quality pima cotton.
- Soft, durable, and highly resistant to pilling.
- Environmentally friendly hand-harvesting results in brilliant white fibers which dye beautifully and are free from scratchy impurities.