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Why Egyptian cotton

A Refined Legacy 

Egypt began cultivating cotton by mere coincidence during the reign of Mohamed Ali when a Frenchman was attracted to a cotton plant and immediately admired the quality of its cotton. He cultivated some cotton trees and produced three bales of cotton. They were sold in France for a very high price because of their extra-long staple fiber. Today, cotton plays a vital role in the economic life of Egypt. 

Egypt: Like No Place on Earth 

Egypt’s moderate year-round climate and the fertile soil of the Nile River are ideal for cotton production and a primary reason for superior quality of Egyptian cotton. During the 45 days when the fibers are forming and maturing they need very stable weather, which is the case in Egypt during the months of July and August. The result is a superior quality of cotton high in thread count and with a long staple fiber. 

Hand-Picked and Specially-Processed 

Hand picking ensures that the fibers stay well spread and soft. Once harvested, Egyptian cotton is processed on a roller gin covered by natural leather and treated by a vegetal non-chemical tan that causes no damage to the fibers. Centuries of experienced skills and knowledge of the cotton industry contribute to the value of Egypt’s product. 

From Seed to Bale 

Egyptian cotton passes through the following stages in production: 

Planting Stage: This starts by the end of February in Upper Egypt and continues until early April in Lower Egypt. 

Harvesting: Egyptian cotton is hand-picked in September and October. 

Ginning: A simple roller gin that is covered by natural leather then gins Cotton. One ginning box produces 100 to 120 pounds per hour. 

Baling: After ginning, Egyptian cotton is baled and sold in rings. The Cotton Arbitration and Testing General Organization (CATGO) monitor the cotton from harvesting to baling, to ensure the purity of the cotton varieties. 

Considered as the world’s most renowned cotton in terms of quality, softness and durability, Egyptian cotton is the country’s most important agriculture export and can be found in a wide array of domestically and foreign produced textiles, garments and household products. 

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