What is the history of Egyptian cotton?
The ancient Egyptians discovered cotton growing as early as 3000BC, although scientists have discovered a similar cotton in Mexico which is thought to be 7000 years old. Egyptian cotton was introduced to Europe around 800AD by Arab merchants and it was prized for its softness, silkiness and breathability. Today Egyptian cotton can be found in everything from bed sheets to beach towels to bath robes - and of course, a proper shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt!
Why is Egyptian cotton better than regular cotton?
Egyptian cotton, also known as Giza 45 cotton, has extra long fibres which give Egyptian cotton shirts a visibly silkier look and feel. In addition, these fibres have a smaller diameter than regular cotton, which means more of them can be used in one shirt. More threads per square inch of fabric produces a stronger cloth that is lightweight and very breathable. What's more, the extra long fibres means Egyptian cotton has less pilling than regular cotton after a number of washes, so an Egyptian cotton shirt will look and feel better for longer.
What's so special about a Charles Tyrwhitt Egyptian cotton shirt?
The cotton in our Egyptian cotton shirts is hand-picked to ensure it is of the best quality in the cotton field and remain undamaged by machinery. After it is picked, the cotton is spun in Italy by a fifth-generation spinner using traditional techniques and fresh Alpine water. The cotton count for these shirts means there are about 378,000 yards of cotton in each shirt. That means our Egyptian cotton shirts for men and women are as soft and smooth as silk, but much cooler and easy-breathing. They are truly luxurious against the skin - you won't fail to look and feel a million dollars in one!