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Textiles, part 3 - Top 5 Cotton Types

Updated: Jul 21, 2023


Sally Fox, creator of Foxfibre®
Sally Fox, creator of Foxfibre®

When it comes to cotton, there are several varieties known for their quality and desirable characteristics. While it's subjective to determine the absolute "best" types of cotton, the five renowned varieties below are often regarded for their exceptional quality.


Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian cotton is renowned for its luxurious feel and exceptional strength. It is known for its long staple fibers, which contribute to its softness, durability, and ability to produce high-quality fabrics. Egyptian cotton is typically grown in Egypt's Nile River Valley and is often used to make premium bedding, towels, and clothing.


Supima Cotton

Supima cotton is a superior type of cotton primarily grown in the United States. The name "Supima" is a contraction of "Superior Pima," highlighting its exceptional quality. It is made from the Pima cotton plant, which is a type of extra-long staple cotton. Supima cotton is highly regarded for its softness, durability, and vibrant colors. It is commonly used in high-end apparel and luxury linens.


Supima cottom
Supima cotton

Sea Island Cotton

Sea Island cotton is a rare and highly coveted type of cotton grown in the West Indies, particularly in the Caribbean islands. It is renowned for its incredibly long staple fibers, which can reach lengths of up to 2.5 inches. Sea Island cotton is known for its exceptional softness, silk-like texture, and high luster. Due to its scarcity and superior quality, it is one of the most expensive and sought-after types of cotton in the world.


Suvin Gold Cotton

Suvin Gold is a premium cotton variety that originates from India. It is a hybrid of two cotton types, the Sujata and American Pima, resulting in cotton with long staple fibers. Suvin Gold is known for its excellent strength, durability, and lustrous appearance. It is highly prized in the textile industry for producing fabrics with a silky texture and high sheen.


Foxfibre®

Foxfibre® is an organic cotton variety that is naturally colored. It is named after Sally Fox, the scientist who developed the cotton strain through selective breeding. Unlike traditional white cotton, Foxfibre® cotton comes in shades of brown and green due to its pigmented fibers. This natural coloring eliminates the need for synthetic dyes, making it an environmentally friendly option. Foxfibre® cotton retains its color even after multiple washes and is used in a range of products, including clothing, home textiles, and sustainable fashion.


Studio D'Artisan's Suvin Gold T-Shirt
Studio D'Artisan's Suvin Gold T-Shirt

Conclusion

In conclusion, the five examples of cotton mentioned stand out for their exceptional quality and unique characteristics. These cotton varieties have distinct features that set them apart from others:

  • Long staple fibers;

  • Luxurious feel:

  • Strength and durability.

While these five examples excel in their respective qualities, it's important to note that the "best" cotton ultimately depends on individual preferences, specific applications, and desired qualities.


If you want to learn more about the problems of synthetic fibers, take a look at our post about Polyester.

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