Multicoloured Inca cotton

Naturally grown coloured cotton (native cotton or Gossypium Barbadense) offers in particular for babies with Neurodermitis a skin-friendly multicoloured alternative. Ecological cultivation, hand harvesting and the renouncement to dyeing processes guarantee the special skin compatibility of the fibre.

Due to the short fibre length – between 18 and 25mm – we mix brown and green (uncoloured) native cotton fibres with ecru naturally coloured organic Pima cotton in the production of our materials.

This is how wonderful materials made of natural fibres (Interlock, Jersey) develop a playful ringlet optic.

Characteristics of native cotton fibres

Native cotton is coloured by nature

  • Feel: due to the mixing with Pima cotton fibres, cuddly soft
  • Thermal: the natural breathing activity of the cotton fibres is retained due to the complete renouncement to chemicals and synthetic colouring materials
  • Colour variety: Native cotton is characterised by its natural colour variety; it grows in shades of beige, green and brown (no genetic engineering)
  • Anti-allergenic: particularly mixed with bio Pima cotton, extremely suitable for babies with Neurodermatitis
  • Comfortable feel: silky soft and airy, light on the skin
  • Longevity: long durability and strength

Origin of native cotton

Native cotton has its origin in Peru

The warm natural tones of our native cotton were known and appreciated already by the Incas as an inheritance from their ancestors. Today it is known that naturally grown colour cotton was already cultivated 5000 years ago in today’s Peru, being later woven by the Incas in various colours, such as brown, green, black, red and blue.

In 1971 the North American ethnologist James Vreeland discovered pigmented textiles in a Peruvian Inca burial place for the first time after many centuries. Soon it was certain that this was colourful, although not painted cotton. In the Peruvian rain forest Vreeland finally discovered wild-growing cotton bushes, which had fibres in different colours as fruit.

With this impressive finding, the naturally coloured Inca cotton was again brought to life, has become more and more refined through more breeding and has meanwhile declared a war on the catwalk to the colourless bio fashion of the past decades.

Cultivation areas

Our native cotton is cultivated on bio-certified regions north of Lima, approximately around Lambayeque. The cultivation of naturally coloured grown cotton is officially permitted only since 2008, because before there were fears that native cotton could cause parasites, which on the long run might harm white Pima and Tangüis cotton. Actually, however, native cotton has a natural biological control, which makes it – contrary to other kinds of cotton – completely resistant to parasites without the effort of chemical means.

On the 5th of May 2008 Inca cotton was declared as ethnical cultural heritage of Peru, which has to be preserved, cultivated and spread for the future.

Hand picking and hand harvesting

Just like Pima and Tangüis cotton, our native cotton is also picked and sorted by hand, thus without the application of chemical defoliants.

Native cotton is an unproductive sort, which in addition distinguishes itself through its short fibres. All the more special attention must be paid during the harvest and subsequent treatment to a careful handling of the valuable Inca cotton.

Native cotton is harvested up to four times in a year, whereby the first picking supplies the highest quality fibres.