Pima cotton, the king of cotton!

Pima Cotton alias "South American silk"

 Pima Cotton

Pima cotton is also called "South American silk" because it is very fine and its fibres are silky. Pima cotton is a particular type of cotton, it is distinguished from others by its length and the resistance of its fibres.

Pima cotton is a rare variety that represents only 3% of the world's cotton production (Yes, you read it right: 3%).

The Peruvian Andes are the cradle of world cotton, Pima cotton has been cultivated there for more than 5000 years!

Let's go back in time: Cotton was grown to make nets and clothing that were exchanged with fishing villages for fish. The Incas also cultivated cotton for practical and artistic purposes.

Nowadays, the cotton name Pima is used in honour of the Pima Indians, who were the first to grow this type of cotton in the United States. But the origins of this noble plant are indeed in South America. In Peru, Pima cotton is grown in the coastal valleys of Piura and Chira as it was in ancient times. The climate and fertile soil, seasonal rainfall and long sunny days are ideal conditions for cotton cultivation.


The production of Pima cotton is environmentally friendly 

Environmentally friendly production of Cotton Pima

In Peru, the climatic conditions are optimal for Pima cotton, it is not necessary to redraw the map of rivers to irrigate fields. That is why BellePaga has sought this fibre directly from its natural habitat, in order to limit its ecological footprint and benefit from local know-how.

For thousands of years, Pima cotton has been harvested by hand in the coastal valleys of northern Peru. This natural harvesting process by human hands is environmentally friendly and guarantees the highest quality yarn. This harvesting technique distinguishes it from all other cotton harvested mechanically and industrially... Manual harvesting avoids all impurities and imperfections of a machine harvest.

Pima cotton has excellent resistance to fungi, it only requires a limited treatment with pesticides, which gives a fabric that respects health and the environment!


A resistance to any test

Very resistant Pima Cotton

Exceptionally resistant and able to withstand the test of time, Pima cotton was woven by the Incas thousands of years ago. The magnificent sacred blankets that were made at that time are still in existence today, which proves that this cotton is very resistant. In other words, if you buy a Pima cotton garment, you will keep it for a while.

Pima cotton has extremely long fibres. They are often twice as long as those of standard cotton. It should be noted that longer fibres can be braided more, resulting in a stronger and finer yarn. The fabric remains very resistant, even in case of high heat and friction. Thanks to Pima cotton, your clothes keep their perfect fit even after several washes.


The benefits are many

Benefits of Pima Cotton

- Fine and silky: Pima cotton forms a very fine, silky and undeformable mesh. It is one of the finest cottons in the world. When woven, Pima cotton brings incredible softness and flexibility to clothing. A real pleasure to wear on a daily basis.

- Flexible and resistant: its very long fibre makes it more resistant than cotton grown in North America and, above all, gives it great flexibility. As it is non-deformable, it has a very good fit on the body.

- A noble material: Pima cotton is a noble and rare material. It is still nicknamed "The Silk of South America", for its softness and very silky appearance.

- Ecological: no fertilizers or chemicals are used to grow it because its flower cannot tolerate pesticides, making it a very healthy and organic material par excellence.

- Pure, and anti-allergic: As it does not tolerate any chemical treatment, Pima cotton is necessarily natural and harvested without treatment. Therefore, non-allergenic for sensitive skin.

- Absorbent and insulating: cotton fibre can absorb up to 8.5% of its weight in water, which allows your skin to breathe well and naturally!

- Regulation: Pima cotton retains the heat of your body well, while regulating it. It retains the warmed air in contact with the body and keeps warm, while absorbing excess moisture (or perspiration, even if we never sweat) for optimal comfort.


And a little advice?

advieses for Pima Cotton

Pima cotton is machine washable between 30°C and 40°C.

It only needs to be stretched a little after washing so that it can regain its shape. The best (the best of the best), is to let your Pima cotton clothes dry horizontally on a towel (a towel for our French friends).

Moreover, if you dry them this way, there is no need to iron them (isn't that perfect?).


Pima cotton and its various uses Pima cotton is used for the manufacture of the most varied clothing. With Pima cotton you have a material in which you will always be well dressed.

It is softer than other cottons and yet perfectly resistant. It is precisely this softness that makes all the difference when it comes to clothing worn on the skin like socks.

Pima cotton guarantees absolute comfort and maximum flexibility.

Discover this softness and incredible lightness in our collection of accessories and clothing for women and men!