Farm the Cotton

The cotton is grown and picked in pristine California farmland, family owned and operated for generations. After harvesting, the Pima seed-cotton modules are transported to a nearby cotton gin.

Gin the Cotton

Once the Pima cotton arrives at the gin, seeds (and other impurities) are separated from the cotton fiber.

Tag/Spray with SigNature® T

At the end of this process, SigNature® T DNA, a botanical-based marker, is applied through a fine misting process. This marker attaches to the fiber at a cotton-to-marker ratio of 1:1 billion. The tenacity of marker ensures a reliable, secure tracking system throughout the entire manufacturing process, beginning in the U.S., and through the spinning, weaving and sewing stage overseas.

Bale Cotton

Harvested, ginned and tagged, the Pima cotton is then compacted into 500-
pound bales that are barcoded and tracked by PimaCott to prevent product tampering.

Test Fiber

The first check of the Pima cotton fibers happens at the gin. PimaCott submits the bales for testing,  looking for the unique SigNature® T DNA marker. The merchant then receives the bales from the ginner together with test results, the bale ID numbers, and USDA grading certification.

Export

The bales of Pima cotton start their journey overseas for the next stage of  product manufacturing.

Spin into Yarn

Spinners receive and separately store the Pima cotton bales and then spin the raw cotton fibers into yarn on dedicated lines.

Test Yarn

After spinning fiber into yarn, PimaCott once again tests the yarns for the SigNature T marker, to ensure that no cotton blending has taken place. These tests are done before the yarns are permitted to move to the weavers.

Weave or Knit into Fabric

The pure Pima cotton yarns finally take shape as they are woven or  knitted into fabric to be used in various textile or apparel products.

Test Fabric

Guaranteeing purity, the freshly woven fabric is once again tested by PimaCott for the SigNature T marker to verify that the fabrics contain only tagged Pima cotton.

Cut & Sew into Linen/Clothes

After passing the purity test, the Pima cotton fabric is then cut and sewn into finished home textile or apparel products.

Test Finished Product

PimaCott does a final test of the finished products prior to the product being shipped back to the United States. Specifically, PimaCott looks for the SigNature T DNA markers that have remained detectable, even after many complex manufacturing processes.

Import

Having passed the final purity test, the finished, pure Pima cotton products are shipped and tracked with a pedigree document back to the United States.

Retail

The finished goods, labeled with the PimaCott trademark, arrive at retail where consumers, driven by a desire for a quality and purity, can be assured of the integrity of their purchase.

Enjoy

The customer enjoys the finished, PimaCott product, where its purity has resulted in a product with noticeable improvement in softness, longevity and luster.