Pima Cotton

Peruvian Handpicked Pima Cotton

Textile has long traditions in Peru. For thousands of years the Peruvians have developed textiles; from agriculture to breathing the finest fibers on earth. Already thousands of years before the Inca Empire, the Peruvians developed textile garments. Not only that, woven clothes, pieces of art with complicated patterns and beautiful colours being thousands of years old, can today be admired in museums around the world.

Together with Vicuna and Alpaca the Handpicked Peruvian Pima Cotton belongs to the unique and exclusive textile treasures of Peru. The Peruvian Pima Cotton is still being grown in traditional ways by local communities and families with strong cultures and traditions. A combination of naturally rich soil, long traditions, extremely good genes, knowhow and technology and not at least a very rare and unique micro ecological climate has made the Peruvian Pima Cotton to one of the absolutely best cottons.
As a matter of fact the best, longest and shiniest cotton fiber in the world together with the most supreme Egyptian cotton.

The Handpicked Peruvian Cotton is not to be confused with the more common and widely distributed American Su-Pima. By far the most cotton today being distributed and sold around the world is not the Handpicked Peruvian Pima Cotton, but American Su-Pima grown in USA and for the most manufactured in the Far East. And which, apart from being heavily subsidized by the US Government and thus offered at artificially low prices, additionally is shorter, less shiny and being picked by machines. The machine picking process breaks the cotton in addition to requiring a high level of pasteurizers, contaminating the soil, in order to open the cotton flower.

The unique qualities of the Handpicked Peruvian Pima Cotton combined with traditions, knowhow and the best technology enables Clark Ross to offer some of the best and highest quality of cotton garments. Being softer and shinier than other cotton garments, they are extremely comfortable to wear.



Today just about all cotton around the world is being picked by machines. With almost only one
exception; The Peruvian Handpicked Pima Cotton. In order to make machine picking possible, the use
of pasteurizers is required in order for the cotton to open and for the machines to get access to it.
This damages the cotton and contaminates the soil and environment. In addition, the machines do not
get access to the entire cotton flower and breaks the fiber making it shorter.

The Peruvian Pima Cotton used by CLARK ROSS is still being picked by hand. This way the cotton plants are better protected as well as the nature and environment in which it grows. Further to that the handpicking does not break the cotton but protects it and makes it longer and softer. The end result is higher quality and a cleaner and healthier environment.


The best for the environment is also the best for the market

In addition to the fiber and the raw materials, the processing is as well crucial in order to achieve a “Premium Quality”; from the spinning of the cotton through processing of the yarns till production of finished garments. For these reasons CLARK ROSS has since the beginning in 1986 worked with international textile experts. Leading German textile engineers have been brought together with Peruvian equals who combined with the best technology available over the years have developed, and made it possible for CLARK ROSS to guarantee, some of the best and superior (cotton) garments today available anyway around the world.

Additionally, the garments from CLARK ROSS are made in accordance with the international ecological laws and requirements and significant parts of the production are regularly checked at international institutions, including AZO testing.

CLARK ROSS is proud to offer the best and highest cotton quality garments.


Our trademark/symbol

The trademark and symbol „Handpicked Peruvian Pima Cotton“ is registered by Inca AS and is a guarantee for the best Pima Cotton quality; from handpicking through production of finished products.

Our trademark can only be used by companies under the supervision and approval by Inca AS.