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Why Buy Egyptian Cotton?
Why Buy Egyptian Grown Cotton? - ANL Article 2.0, March 19, 2011
Cotton is a fluffy staple fiber that grows in a capsule, around the seed of cotton plants. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Cotton dates back as far as 8000 years ago. In 2009, the largest producers of cotton were China and India. The largest non-producing importers were Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong.
As history shows us, Egypts competitive edge within the textile industry has been their Egyptian Cotton. The term Egyptian Cotton refers to the extra long staple cotton grown in Egypt and favored for the luxury and up-market brands worldwide. Their cotton has been bestowed with the reputation of being the "Finest Cotton" in the world because of its softness, strength, and lasting durability over all other types of cotton.
The following characteristics set Egyptian Cotton apart from all "other" types of cotton:
1. The length and the strength of the fibers produce stronger yarn and thus stronger fabrics. With strength, the fabrics become more solid and more resistant to stress.
2. Fabrics have the ability to absorb more liquid which give a deeper, brighter and more resistant colors (less fading).
3. Fabrics are soft and become even softer after each washing.
4. Egyptian Cotton is handpicked to minimize stress on the fibers and ensures a higher level of purity (cleanliness).
As a result, Egyptian Cotton has gained and continues to maintain its reputation for the worlds finest cotton.
Did you know? It was thought for ages that "Cotton was Cotton" and "Thread Count was King" when selecting quality bed linens (i.e. sheets, pillowcases, comforters, etc.). This statement is no longer true. Consumer guidelines for purchasing bed linens recommend that cotton from Egypt is superior to all other cottons. Is this true? And, if so, what is the difference? The long, staple fiber of Egyptian-grown cotton means that there are more continuous fibers to use when creating threads or yarns. The yarn is smaller in diameter; and thus stronger than other cottons. The smaller yarn means that more threads per square inch are used to create stronger fabric which is light in weight and yet breathes well.
More threads per inch mean that the thread count on the bedding label will be higher. With Egyptian Cotton, the higher thread count also means that the fabric will be incredibly strong and will last for years to come. If cared for properly, products can last for decades.
Egyptian Cottons are used to create many types of bed linens, from sheets, to pillowcases, blankets, duvet covers, comforters, towels, bathrobes, bath mats, and more. So what benefits do you realize when you purchase Egyptian Cotton bed linens?
Egyptian Cotton bed linens feel a bit harder than other cotton when the bedding is new. However, with age and every single washing, the linens will continue to become softer and cuddlier. The bed linens will produce less lint; and, thus do not pill after repeated washings.
In the past, the only way to obtain Egyptian Cotton bed linens was to shop in high-end expensive stores. This is no longer true and most department stores and online bedding stores carry up-scale choices for their Egyptian Cotton products (i.e., Sheets, Pillowcases, Duvet Covers, Comforters, and more) for those seeking quality products. AllNaturalLinens.com offers such products at affordable prices.
Bed Linen Product Labels - If the product label says "cotton rich" and the actual amount of cotton is not state, whether Egyptian or other cotton, the true amount of cotton maybe very small. It is recommended that you select products that state 100% Egyptian Cotton. Or, if choosing a blended fabrics, make sure the label clearly states the proportion of each blend (i.e. 60% Bamboo/40% Egyptian Cotton). This will ensure your product composition is one that you will be pleased with.
Sources: Cotton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia