Our Cotton

Our Cotton

At Kotn, we work with one remarkable fibre: Egyptian Giza cotton. Grown in only one place in the world—the Nile Delta—we work with family-run farms to pick the finest long-staple fibres, ensuring direct-trade practices, above fair pay, and safe working conditions along the way.

A woman at a Kotn farm, gathering Egyptian cotton by hand.

The Tenth Percentile

The majority of cotton products are made from three cotton fibres: upland, pima and Egyptian. While over 90% of the world’s cotton products are made from short-staple upland cotton, less than 10% are made from higher-end pima and Egyptian cotton fibres.

A picture of extra-long staple Egyptian cotton, at a Kotn farm.

Why Egyptian Cotton?

Egyptian cotton, or Gossypium Barbadense, is finer, softer and stronger than any other cotton in the world. Classified as a long, to extra-long staple fibre, its lengthy strands allow for the creation of thinner, silkier yarns, which are more resistant to breakage, fraying, pilling, and wrinkling. As the yarns are finer, they require a higher thread count per garment, making the garment stronger and longer-lasting, yet still as breathable as a looser knit. Our Egyptian cotton is also handpicked, putting less stress on the fibre, ensuring longer intact strands than the machine picked variety.

A woman gathering Egyptian cotton at a Kotn farm.

The Giza Difference

Within Egypt, there are different variations of cotton, Giza fibres being the gold—or as Egyptians say “white gold”—standard. Giza cotton originates from the Nile Delta region, an area whose nutrient-rich soil, sunny skies, and consistent 60-70% humidity create the perfect environment for cotton growth.

A photo of Rami Helali and Mackenzie Yeates inspecting a bail of Egyptian cotton at a Kotn farm.

Quality Assurance

89% of products sold as ‘made from Egyptian cotton’ are actually not. We work directly with our farmers to ensure the highest quality, and longest-staple Giza Egyptian cotton fibres available, and continue to test for authenticity throughout our supply chain to guarantee this.

An image of a woman gathering Egyptian cotton

Less Cost, More Cotton

Cotton, like gold, is a commodity that fluctuates in value, so by bypassing the use of traditional middlemen we can ensure guaranteed pricing, which equated to 35% above market pay last season. Listening to the farmers' needs, we actively work and react to market conditions to provide them with subsidies like fertilizer and agricultural consultants, helping to lower their operating costs and increase seasonal yields.

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