The jewel of Piura

Pima cotton, the jewel from Piura (Joya Piurana) or the silk of South America, how the unique kind of cotton of Peru is also called, convinces through its special softness and its silky gloss.

Only approximately 1% of the bio cotton cultivated world-wide corresponds to the characteristics of Pima.

A very rare material, which is found in the fertile valleys of the Peruvian coastal region Piura and can only be compared with the finest Egyptian Giza cotton – which by the way has its origin in Peru.

Soft like silk, breathable like silk and with temperature equalizing function like silk, Pima is in nothing inferior to animal silk and is therefore considered as its vegan alternative.

Characteristics of the precious Pima fibre

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  • Feel: cuddly soft and silky smooth, due to the high degree of refinement and to a fibre length of more than 35mm
  • Thermal: particularly breathable and good at body temperature regulation due to the isolating effect of the Pima fibre, which stores the body warmth in winter and adjusts it in the heat of the summer
  • Anti-allergenic: particularly well suited for babies with skin problems, such as Neurodermatitis
  • Comfortable feeling: softly like silk, extremely light and airy
  • Visual: naturally silky shimmering gloss, that is normally only reached through mercerization
  • Longevity: substantially bigger as that of other kinds of cotton

Origin of the Pima cotton

Pima cotton originally comes from Peru. It has got over the Atlantic to Egypt and from there to the United States and back to Peru.

Different indigenous population groups of the today’s North America were referred to as Pima Indians, which called themselves “O´dham, Au-Authm oder O´ob”. Since they were used by the Europeans for the cultivation of the Mitafifi Egyptian Extra Long Staple (ELS) species of cotton, this high-quality natural fibre was named after them.

Today Peru’s vegan silk is known under several names. In Egypt it is known as “Giza”, in the USA as “Pima cotton” and in Peru simply as “Pima cotton”.

Cultivation areas

Peru belongs, together with Australia and the USA, to the main cultivation areas of Pima cotton (Gossypium barbadense), whereby Peru’s valleys and the Egyptian Nile delta provide the best climatic conditions and thus the highest quality fibres. Longer and more valuable cotton fibres cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Peruvian Pima cotton is cultivated in the fertile Andes river valleys of the northern region Piura (Alto Piura, Medio Piura, Bajo Piura, San Lorenz, El Chira).

Hand picking and hand harvesting

Peruvian Pima cotton is hand-picked and harvested. Thus, it is guaranteed that only ripe caps are harvested and processed. Unlike machine harvesting, hand harvesting preserves the luxury fibres and protects them against damages.

With modern cotton gins, 700-1500 kilograms of cotton caps are harvested per day, among them unripe and damaged caps. At least 20 workers are necessary, in order to harvest the same quantity by hand.

Hand harvesting creates jobs and guarantees the first-class quality of bio Pima cotton.

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