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What Is Pima Cotton?

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What Is Pima Cotton?

The Perfect Tee by erin gray is your go-to for everyday wear. Our tees are timeless and chic yet they’re made for real life. Whether you’re dressing for a full day of errands or pairing The Perfect Tee with a maxi skirt for a neighborhood event, fall in love with these soft and comfortable tees. Add them to your daily rotation knowing they will last for years to come. 

Pima Cotton, Defined

Pima cotton

Cotton is one of the most versatile materials used to create many products, from towels to bedding to clothing. Cotton is a staple fiber, which means it is composed of different, varying lengths of fiber. Did you know there are many different kinds of cotton? There are more than 135 different types of cotton including Egyptian cotton, organic cotton, and Pima cotton. At erin gray, we make our classic and timeless tees with the highest quality cotton, Pima cotton


Pima cotton is a type of extra-long staple cotton, which means the individual fibers making up the cotton are at least one and three-eighths inches long. This makes Pima cotton softer, stronger, and longer-lasting than short-staple cotton. Pima cotton fibers are 50% longer than standard cotton fibers. 


Pima earns its name from the Pima tribe of American Indians who cultivated this superior strain of cotton in the southwest United States. Pima is grown in Peru, America, and Australia, but only about 3% of the cotton grown in the United States is Pima, making it rare and more expensive than standard cotton.

What makes Pima cotton superior?

Pima Cotton defined

Pima cotton is superior to other cotton varieties because of the length and strength of the fibers. Spinning and weaving turns raw cotton into finished material. A longer fiber length means that fewer fiber ends are exposed on the surface throughout this process. The result is a silky smooth material that resists pilling and holds its shape and luster much longer than other materials. Pima is also the strongest of all cotton varieties, making fabrics that are lasting and durable.

erin gray Pima cotton

erin gray slub tees


You may have noticed several erin gray tees with slub in the name. What is slub? It’s a slightly marbled texture that comes from a slubbed yarn, which means that the yarn is thick and thin in irregular patterns. It’s a uniquely spun knit that leaves the fabric with a textured feel. 


With 44 silhouettes, The Perfect Tee comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Our signature colors are white and black, but we also offer several styles in pale blue, stone, navy and charcoal. When you’re looking for our perfect tee, we know you want comfort, style, durability and versatility. We pay close attention not only to our fabric, but also to the silhouettes of each style thinking of you with every design. From longer versions like the CYA to shorter styles like the Jeans Crew, we know you’ve found The Perfect Tee by erin gray

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