What is Supima Cotton?
Pima cotton started its life in the early days of the 20th century as the American challenger to then-prevailing extra-long staple (ELS) Egyptian cotton. Back then, it was known as American-Egyptian cotton and advertised as "America’s luxury fiber." In the 1950’s, American-Egyptian cotton was renamed Pima to honor the Pima Indians who helped the US government do research on the particulars of this cotton crop. Though it originated in the US, Pima cotton is now grown in several other countries, most notably in Australia and Peru.
The word Supima® is a trademark owned by the association of the same name: a non-profit organization of American Pima cotton growers. Supima is used to promote the particular brand of textile and stands for Superior Pima: a 100% American breed of Pima cotton. The production of Supima accounts only 3% of the total cotton production in the United States. Supima is a premium cotton that yields brighter, silkier and more durable fabric than any other cotton on the market. You can find more information about Supima in the short video below.
Organic Supima is a particular type of Pima cotton grown to the strict requirements of the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). According to the latter, only 1% of all Supima cotton qualifies as organic.
What’s in it for you?
Organic Supima makes for the most durable cotton on the market. While it conforms to all the requirements of organic textile, it also has all the qualities of consumer-grade Supima cotton: the bedding will last significantly longer while retaining its original properties of silkiness and color brilliance. Because organic Supima is a rare ELS cotton breed, it is also harder to weave and spin. This difficulty, in turn, leads to a significant price premium.
Only a few select brands of bedding manufacturers carry organic Supima products. Among them is Live Good Inc., a new addition to TheCleanBedroom line of bedding. You can find out more about them HERE.