The white gold of Peru
Oro Blanco – white gold – this is how the particularly resistant and soft cotton, which once helped Peru escape the cotton crisis and today ranks among the best kinds of cotton world-wide is called.
With a fibre length between 29 and 33mm, is it for us the small brother of our bio Pima cotton.
- Feel: very soft due to the long cotton fibres
- Thermal: extremely absorbing
- Longevity: particularly resistant and long-lasting
- Anti-allergic: naturally coloured grown cotton is particularly gentle for baby skin prone to irritations
1901 Peru was shaken by a cotton crisis. Strong fungal attack crippled the cultivation. It took 10 entire years until the agrarian expert Fermín Tangüis succeeded to breed a kind of cotton, which gave a new impetus to the cotton industry. Tangüis cotton is characterized by approximately 40% longer fibres, tears apart less fast and needs less water than their predecessors.
Today, the cotton named after Fermín stands right at the top on the list of Peruvian export goods. Due to its unique robustness, it convinced both the cotton farmers and the textile industry!
Unlike Pima cotton, Tangüis (Gossypium barbadense tanguis) is not cultivated in the north, but in central Peru. Due to its expanded roots, which reaches deep into the earth and thus to the groundwater, cultivation is also possible in the water-poor regions of the Peruvian coastal strip.
The main cultivation areas are: Ancash, Lima, Ica, Arequipa.