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ralph124c
05-28-2009, 03:54 PM
My wife gave me a polo shirt-the brand is the one that has a little alligator on the front. I saw from the label that it is 100% cotton (peruvian cotton). Why is Peru-grown cotton considered the nst? I thought Georgia (Sea Island) or Egyptian cottons were the premium types.
in any event, the shirt is of high quality-the fabric is soft and comfortable.
But is this cotton any better than the two varieties I mentioned?

Kimmy_Gibbler
05-28-2009, 05:06 PM
It's a marketing gimmick.

All those types of cotton are basically the same, but you can point to an attribute, such as it origin, and just pass it off as a feature by calling special attention to it. Most consumers will, as you sort of did, assume that if attention is being called to it, it must be something special.

Dewey Finn
05-28-2009, 05:13 PM
I never heard of Peruvian cotton being the best but had heard that Egyptian or Sea Island cotton were the best because they were "long staple", meaning, as I understand, that the fibers are long. But according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Island_Cotton), Sea Island or Egyptian cotton originated in Peru as Pima cotton. So that's probably the origin of the idea.

tiltypig
05-28-2009, 05:43 PM
I think perhaps the Peruvian cotton is Tanguis cotton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton#Tang.C3.BCis_cotton), which has a longer staple length than Pima, leading it to feel silkier (and shed/pill less, in textiles where that's an issue).

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