Egyptian Cotton is known as the Superior cotton and has not gained such a reputation without good reason. The following are some of the characteristics which sets Egyptian cotton apart from other natural fibres:
-The length of the fibre (ELS) makes it possible to make the finest of yarns without sacrificing the strength of the yarn.
-The strength of the fibre makes fabrics more solid and more resistant to stress.
-Its ability to absorb liquid in the manufacturing process gives fabrics made of Egyptian cotton, deeper and brighter colours making them more resistant to fading.
-Egyptian cotton is handpicked which guarantees the highest levels of purity. Handpicking puts no stress on the fibres leaving the fibres straight and intact as opposed to mechanical picking.
-Fabrics made of long staple Egyptian Cotton are softer, finer and are among the longest lasting cottons in the world.
-The long staple or long fibre of Egyptian-grown cotton means that there is more continuous fibre to use when creating threads or yarns. This yarn is smaller in diameter yet stronger than other cottons. Smaller yarn means that more threads per square inch can be use to create stronger fabric which is light in weight yet breathes well.
-More threads per inch mean that the thread count on the bedding label will be higher.Many buyers think that choosing high thread count sheets is the only gauge of quality. This is not true, ply is also important when purchasing sheets, but in the case of cotton grown in Egypt, the higher thread count means the fabric will be incredibly strong and will last for years and years.If cared for properly, Egyptian produced cotton fabric used for creating bedding products can last for decades.
-The hand feel of the sheets created from Egyptian grown cotton is a bit harder than other cottons when the bedding is new. However, with every single laundering, the cotton sheets from Egyptian fibres become softer and softer and improve with age.
-Cotton grown in the Egyptian fields will also produce less lint and therefore will not pill after repeated washings as some materials may do.At one time, the only way to obtain Egyptian fibre cotton sheets was to shop in high-end expensive stores.This is no longer true and most department stores and online bedding stores carry a selection of Egyptian produced cotton sheets and other bedding items for the buyer seeking this quality product.
-King Cotton was once the name for the cotton grown in the Deep South of the United States. This cotton may contain shorter fibres or staple than the Egyptian produced cotton. Egyptian fibre is now considered the king of all cottons for its durability and luxurious feel.After all, we spend almost one-third of our lives in our beds and our bedding should be comfortable and durable. Choosing the right sheets made from the king of cotton Egyptian produced fibres, you will experience a bed that is comfortable and cosy.
-A word of caution regarding bedding labels: if the package says "cotton rich" the actual amount of cotton, whether Egyptian or other cotton, is not stated and can be a very small amount. It is better to select products that state 100% cotton or, if choosing a blend fabric, that clearly state the exact proportion of cotton in the bedding. This will ensure your product composition is one that you will be pleased with.
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