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Egyptian Cotton | the Best in the World

  • 05 16, 2023

Egyptian Cotton

The perfect condition in Nile Delta is the good fertile, sun, and humidity, this perfect climate made the Egyptians the best cotton in the whole world 

The reason for this high-quality reputation is simple: the Nile River valley. The Nile turned out to be the ideal setting for cotton production. For one thing, the valley's climate is humid, while the soil is also rich in nutrients. This allowed growers to raise both extra-long and long-staple varieties. The “staple” refers to the hair-like fibers inside the cotton boll.

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What makes Egyptian Cotton the best?

Egyptian Cotton is undeniably the best cotton in the world. It has to do with a number of factors that ultimately combine to produce the finest cotton products.
Hand Harvesting – this is such a unique grade of cotton that it is exclusively harvested by hand, for the best chance of preserving the cotton. It’s obvious why, as you can imagine the damage the blades of the machinery would do to cotton as it's being picked. This laborious and time-consuming process adds to the cost of raw cotton but ensures the highest quality product.

Maturity – The maturity of the cotton is carefully selected while being hand-harvested. It is another reason the Egyptians prefer to harvest by hand, so they can visually analyze the maturity of the cotton before picking it. More mature cotton produces the longer staple fibers with the greatest strength.

Hand Combing –The elimination of irregular and inferior particles is all done by hand. Piece by piece the cotton is sifted through in what is known to the Egyptians as the ‘farfara’ method. After the sifting and excluding the irregularities, it takes careful and skillful techniques to really make the most of the extra-long staple fibers. Specialty spinners are employed to create the world’s best yarn. 

Why Is Egyptian Cotton so expensive?
Because it's grown in such a small region, only a certain yield can be produced each year. Meaning that cotton is rare. has a high demand and sometimes all orders cannot be fulfilled. And when the demand exceeds the supply the price is pushed up.

As well as being rare, the extra manual processes and methods quickly add to the cost of raw Egyptian cotton. On average, Raw cotton is 5 times the cost of regular cotton in the world.


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Egyptian cotton is a premium material renowned for its exceptional quality. It is sourced from the Gossypium barbadense plant, commonly known as Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton. The ideal climatic conditions of Egypt, including the fertile Nile Delta soil and abundant sunshine, contribute to the growth of these fibers that possess unmatched softness, strength, and durability. The fibers are longer and finer than regular cotton, resulting in smoother and more luxurious fabrics.


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