Pima cotton, also called extra long staple (ELS), is a type of cotton grown primarily in Peru, the southwestern United States and Australia. It is considered to be one of the superior blends of cotton and is extremely durable and absorbent. This type of cotton has many similarities to forms of Egyptian cotton. It is superior to other cottons due to its thickness, creating a very durable fabric, lasting 50% longer than fabrics made from other forms of cotton.
Pima cotton in clothing is most often used in shirts for both men and women. Woven sweaters made with this type of cotton also are quite popular. They are light to wear yet provide superior warmth.
Men’s socks can be made with pima cotton, but the socks often include some elastic to keep the socks from slipping down the leg. Men often prefer these socks above others because of their softness and density. Additionally, they tend not to wear out quickly.