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Egyptian Cotton Q&A

Q: How is Egyptian cotton different from other cotton fibers? What makes it better? 


A: Egyptian cotton is the world's finest cotton because of its unique characteristics including: 
• The length of the fiber makes it possible to make the finest of yarns without sacrificing the strength of the yarn. 
• The strength of the fiber makes fabrics more solid and more resistant to stress. 
• Its ability to absorb liquids gives fabrics made of Egyptian cotton deeper, brighter and more resistant colors. 
• Egyptian cotton is hand-picked which guarantees the highest levels of purity. In addition, hand picking puts no stress on the fibers – as opposed to mechanical picking which causes cotton to become dense and complicated with more nips – leaving the fibers straight and intact. 
• Fabrics made of Egyptian cotton are softer, finer and more durable than any other cotton in the world. 


Q: Why is Egypt the best place to grow cotton? 


A: Egypt's unique year-round climate is ideal for growing cotton. Cotton production has been refined over several generations by skilled entrepreneurs and farmers, and these traits are why Egyptian cotton is of superior quality and worldwide recognition. The very unique and long staple cotton is grown exclusively along the Nile River banks in Egypt. 


Q. Comparison between the EC and other types of cotton 

A. The world cotton market includes 3 main varieties of cotton, namely: 
Gossypium Barbadense: This is the world’s first class quality cotton. Egypt has a comparative advantage in its production of Egyptian Cotton, which represents about 47% of the world's production of Barbadense. 
Gossypium Hirsutum: This cotton is lower in quality than the Barbadense. American production represents more than 80 % of the world’s production of this type of cotton. However, it is planted in all parts of the world and not only in the U.S.A. 
Gossypium Herbaceum: This is the Asian cotton. It is lower in quality than the other two kinds and is planted in some parts of India as well as Pakistan and China. 

Q: Why are manufacturers using more Egyptian cotton today? 

A: Because they guarantee sustained high quality, premium price and continued demand from the niche market. The finest quality can only be attained when made from superior material. The quality of the cotton depends on the length of the fibers, known as staples. The longer the staple, the finer is the product. The cotton is carded to remove dirt and short fibers. However a process called combing when used with Egyptian Cotton, will leave only the longest staples, ready for spinning and weaving into the strongest and finest fabric. The outcome is a fabric which is softer and more luxurious than any other.

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