When you are looking for the perfect summer blouse you probably want something that is breathable, stylish, and durable. One of the most important aspects of a high-quality garment is the fiber that goes into the shirt.
There are 2 main types of cotton that are grown for commercial use:
- Gossypium hirsutum- Upland cotton is typically grown in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 90-95% of cotton produced is Upland cotton
- Gossypium barbadense- Long cotton, also known as Pima Cotton, is typically grown in South America. About 8% of cotton that is produced is Pima Cotton.
The main difference between these two species is the length of the “staple” or fiber. Upland cotton has short-staple fibers that can be farmed by machine. It is great for consistent, affordable products. Pima cotton, on the other hand, has a long-staple that produces a stronger, and softer fiber.
So what is the best cotton?
In the fiber world, the best Cotton is long-staple cotton. The Pima Cotton from Peru is considered by many professionals the “best cotton in the world.” The Peruvian cotton is the most ideal cotton because of the growing conditions and harvesting process.
Superior cotton needs the perfect about of humidity and enriched soil. The northern coast of Peru has valleys that provide the ideal amount of moisture, rich soil, and near-perfect temperature. The combination of these three elements is extremely rare. The result is a long, luscious, fiber that is luxurious and soft to the touch.
Care in Harvesting
Most of the cotton farmed for commercial use is done by machines. This increases efficiency and lowers cost, however it damages the fiber and produces a scratchy texture. Peruvian cotton is completely harvested by hand, further preserving the fiber and creating a silky tactility. This method of farming is the most sustainable and allows the fiber to stay long, luscious, and remarkably durable.
We hold great pride in providing a high-quality garment at a reasonable price. Caamano is one of the only Peruvian Cotton brands that is Peruvian owned and operated. Our farmers and manufacturers are like family to us and our goal is to help them grow in a sustainable manner.