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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many farms lack the knowledge, resources, or motivation to become certified organic. Our belief is that the future of Egyptian cotton rests on its ability to mobilize and lead the way in agriculture and sustainability. For this reason, we’ve embarked on a project to ensure 100% of our cotton is certified organic within the next five years. However, instead of simply neglecting the farms that don’t already have these practices in place, we’ll be working with each farm to set up these systems, so they too can participate in a more sustainable future.