Supima Cotton Vs Regular Cotton

Cotton, a staple in the textile industry, has been used to make clothing for centuries. Its popularity stems from its softness, breathability, and comfort. However, not all cotton is created equal. Two higher-end versions of cotton fabric, Supima and regular cotton, have distinct differences that set them apart.

What is Regular Cotton?

Regular cotton is commonly grown globally and has an average fiber length of less than 1-inch (~1-1.5 cms). These fibers are made into yarn that produces rougher fabric that are prone to pilling and tearing. Although regular cotton fabrics are soft, they are not as soft as Supima cotton and may pill on the surface more. The shorter the fiber, the rougher the thread.

What is Supima Cotton?

Supima cotton, also known as “Superior Pima,” is a trademarked, American-grown type of cotton. Which is why all Supima T-Shirts, and other products made with Supima at Oowia always come with a special Supima copyright hang tags. The fiber is strictly regulated, and fabrics stamped with a Supima cotton label must be 100 percent Supima cotton. Supima cotton has extra long-staple fibers which makes the fiber 45% stronger and significantly softer. Supima cotton fibers are typically longer than 1.5-inches (~5+ cm), while regular cotton fibers are typically shorter. The longer fiber of Supima cotton produces a yarn that knits/weaves fabrics that are softer and more durable.

Supima Cotton Vs Regular Cotton: A Comparison

The primary difference between Supima and regular cotton lies in the type and length of their fibers. Supima cotton’s extra-long staple (ELS) fibers are longer, finer, and more durable than regular cotton fibers. This results in a smoother, stronger fabric that resists pilling, fading, and tearing.

In terms of softness, Supima cotton is the softest and silkiest type of cotton, with a fluffy feel as well, only inferior to one grade of cotton known as GIZA 45. When it comes to durability, Supima cotton is much stronger than regular cotton. You won’t have to worry about it ripping or fading quickly as you wash your clothing each week.

In terms of cost, Supima cotton is twice the cost of regular cotton t-shirts. This is because Supima cotton is considered a luxury form of cotton, so as is evident on Oowia platform as well – the clothing made with Supima cotton tends to be more expensive.
In conclusion, while both Supima and regular cotton have their own unique qualities, Supima cotton stands out for its superior softness, durability, and quality. However, these benefits come at a higher cost compared to regular cotton.

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