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FARMING COTTON TO ENSURE THE FINEST CROP.
Most companies don't even consider the cotton. They purchase fabric from a supplier and ship it to someone else to construct the shirt. Over the last 15 years, our work in seed research and farming has enabled us to develop some of the finest extra long staple cotton — the best cotton in the world for making high thread count, high quality shirting.
FARMING COTTON TO ENSURE THE FINEST CROP.
Most companies don't even consider the cotton. They purchase fabric from a supplier and ship it to someone else to construct the shirt. Over the last 15 years, our work in seed research and farming has enabled us to develop some of the finest extra long staple cotton — the best cotton in the world for making high thread count, high quality shirting.
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Gossypium barbadense, also known as extra long staple (ELS) cotton, generally has a staple (long, silky fibers) length of at least 1 3/8" or longer. You might know ELS cotton by the brand name varieties, such as Pima or Supima.

The longer the staple, the higher the thread count that can be spun—which means a higher quality fabric and shirt. Through research and collaboration with our farmers, we have been able to produce cotton that can be spun into yarns of over 700 thread count.

SUSTAINABLE FARMING
At PYE, we strive to use responsible and sustainable methods in every part of our process. That includes maintaining proper water controls and implementing drip irrigation in an effort to efficiently use the water resources available. We are also constantly looking for ways to reduce the use of chemicals. A couple of examples of this include breeding red eye bees as a natural and biological form of pest control, and handpicking our crops in order to eliminate chemical defoliants.
OUR LOCAL IMPACT

We are committed to making a positive impact on our local farmers and communities through the creation of local programs for health and education. We have also set up a micro-finance program that supports the cotton farming community and its income growth by facilitating the purchasing of seeds and machines.

COTTON GINNING
Before the cotton can be spun into yarn, the raw cotton must be taken to our ginning mills where seeds and other impurities are removed from the cotton. Coincidentally, the modern ginning machine was first patented in 1794 on March 14—a day we now celebrate as Pi day.