What is ELS Cotton?
California is uniquely suited to produce cotton of the highest quality in the world. This specialty cotton is known as Pima or Extra Long Staple (ELS) and is used to create some of the finest sheets and garments in the world. At Bowles Farming Company, we exclusively produce ELS Pima cotton and are on the forefront of creating a verification process to guarantee our exquisite product.
Because California cotton sells for a much higher price than other cottons in the world, this has led some mills to blend in other lower quality cottons in order to improve their profit margins. While these products are labeled as pure “Pima” or “ELS” cotton, the truth is that many are not what they claim.