When we’re ready to harvest our pure Egyptian cotton, we avoid damaging the extra-long fibres by handpicking only. Handpicking is essential to preserve the long length of the cotton strands and to avoid contamination. Cotton matures from the base of the stem. Handpicking allows you to pick from the bottom of the stem first and then return a month or two later to collect cotton from the top when it has fully grown.
Machine harvesting takes the entire stem. Long and short fibres are mixed along with other unwanted materials such as grease, leaves and grit causing contamination and breakage of the longer strands of cotton. This is why regular cotton is weaker, shorter and coarser and simply won’t feel as soft and silky as Egyptian cotton.