Why Cotton Is The Ideal Material For Jeans?

You have probably been wearing cotton jeans all your life. You probably have not given much thought to how the cotton is processed, or why it is the ideal material for jeans. Once you learn about how cotton becomes a pair of jeans, you will be amazed at the process!

It takes an ideal climate to grow cotton. Warm places, such as Brazil, Africa, India and the southern part of the United States all have the ideal climate. In most places, machines pick the cotton plants. However, did you know that in some parts of the world, people still harvest the cotton by hand? This is the case in places like Turkey, China, and Africa, and this is the reason why the jeans we make are all made of African cotton.

Hand-Picked African Cotton

Hand-picked cotton is better than machine-harvested cotton for several reasons. First, when the harvesters pick cotton, they do so with great care. They select only the best, mature cotton bolls. People are better able to separate the cotton from the rest of the plant. On the other hand, a machine simply harvests everything, including the plants, soil and other debris. Therefore, machine harvesting results in more damage to the fiber. For this reason, the African cotton Prosper will use to make your jeans is both cleaner and stronger than other types of cotton. 

Denim experts can identify African denim by sight because it is it thicker than other types of cotton. This is because African cotton harvesters take care to harvest only the plants with the longest fibers. This ensures that garments are made only from the strongest material. Most African cotton is not genetically modified, so you will be getting a product made the way nature intended!

Other Reasons African Cotton Is Better For Cotton Jeans

African cotton farmers generally do not employ artificial irrigation methods when watering their crops. Instead, they rely on the naturally-occurring rainy seasons to provide enough water for their crops. Cotton farmers also employ crop rotation and natural methods of pest management instead of chemicals and pesticides. All of this adds up to a durable, sustainable product that is perfect for making garments that last a lifetime.

For more information about African cotton, please check out this site.

After The Cotton Has Been Harvested

After cotton farmers have harvested the cotton, factories spin it into yarn. Most of the jeans you can buy in stores are made by a weft, or transverse, thread that is woven under two transverse threads. Manufacturers of mass-produced jeans only dye the transverse threads and the weft thread retains its white color. Japanese denim makers, on the other hand, produce their denim on old-style looms. The quality is better, because the edges are less likely to fray. Because it is also more difficult to manufacture denim with old mills, and because it takes longer to produce the denim, Japanese selvedge denim is also more expensive. To find out more about the making of Japanese selvedge denim, please check out this article.


If you have questions, simply call us and we can answer all of your questions, and advise you on how to take perfect measurements every time. In addition, we ship worldwide, so no matter where you are, Prosper can help you look and feel great in your own pair of custom made jeans. So, check out our store and order yours today!