What are Supima Cotton t-shirts and what is its use?

Supima is a Superior type of cotton grown in the USA.

In other words, Superior + Pima = Supima Cotton.

The main benefits of Supima Cotton are

  1. Strength
  2. Color retention
  3. Softness
  4. Durability

Supima is a type of cotton that has extra long, more durable fibers. It is just regular cotton with extra fibers of about 50%.

Usually, Supima cotton is softer to touch and feel. It lasts more than normal cotton.

Pima cotton is grown only in Peru, Australia, and the United States. The Pima cotton accounts about 1% of total cotton grown in the world and only 3% of the total cotton produced in the USA.

When the length of the fiber is low, then the finished product will extract pilings and will be hard to touch and feel.

The regular cotton fiber averages about 1 inch in length whereas Supima is about 1.5 inch in length.

Pima Cotton Vs Supima Cotton:

This is a common doubt that most of the newbies in the textile industry have. First of all, Supima and Pima cotton both are not the same. Pima is different; Supima is different.

Let's look into Pima Cotton clearly...

  1. Pima cotton has a stable material that has extra-long, more durable fibers.
  2. Pima is normal cotton but with better fibers (50% longer than regular material)
  3. Pima cotton is very soft to touch and lasts longer.
  4. Pima is only grown in Peru, Australia, and the United States.
  5. Only three percent of cotton grown in the United States is Pima.
  6. Pima cotton, while touching feels like silk.
  7. Comparing to another cotton, Pima is costly.
  8. Pima cotton fibers measure between 1.4 to 2 inches in length.

Let's look into Supima Cotton clearly...

  1. Supima is a superior version of Pima cotton (Supima = Superior + Pima)
  2. It is the longest and strongest cotton available in the market
  3. Supima fibers are stronger, Softer and durable than Pima cotton
  4. It is manufactured only in the United States.
  5.  Supima is a brand name trademarked by the Supima Association, so all Supima is higher level Pima.
  6. Supima cotton also feels like silk.
  7. Branded t-shirts use Supima cotton for manufacturing
  8. Supima is costlier than Pima cotton which is costlier than other cotton varieties.
  9. Supima cotton is verified at every level of the manufacturing process by the American Supima association, who also requires that all companies get a license in order to use Supima in their products.

Egyptian Vs Pima Cotton:

Let's look at Egyptian cotton...

  1. Egyptian cotton refers to cotton materials which are grown in Egypt.
  2. Only 20% of the total cotton grown in Egypt is Pima.

According to a recent survey, there are two facts to be noticed.

  1. Most of the Egyptian cotton is not actually grown in Egypt. They are grown in India and China.
  2. 90% of the total cotton labeled as Egyptian cotton in the market are fake.
  3. Sea Island cotton (Egypt cotton) is a long-staple cotton
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