History of Sea
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Discovered in the early 18th century in the British West Indies, Sea Island Cotton is the tropical strand of the same "Gossypium Barbadense" plant that American Pima and Egyptian Giza cotton are descended from. The extra long staple length fibers allowed for smoother, more luxurious cotton fabrics to be woven than ever before, which quickly led to Sea Island Cotton being known as the finest in the world.
Incredibly Limited Supply
Barbados Sea Island Cotton
Cotton Produced Worldwide
While first found in Barbados, the cotton seeds were brought up to the islands along South Carolina and Georgia to be grown for the US market. It was only once Sea Island cotton was grown in the US that it became well known, coinciding with the invention of the cotton gin to become a valuable commodity for local farmers.
The American Civil War decimated much of the U.S. Sea Island cotton production in the mid-19th century, and subsequent infestations nearly ended Sea Island cotton farming in the United States. Luckily, the crop survived in its original home of the Caribbean, albeit in much smaller production quantities.
Today, Sea Island Cotton is regarded by many as an ultra-premium, rare cotton used by luxury brands for their finest products. The production is limited, and there are even differences between the cotton grown within the countries of the West Indies.