West Indian Sea Island cotton, known as “gossypium barbadense” or “black seed”, is one of the most ancient and precious cotton types in the world, discovered in the early eighteenth century in the British West Indies. Its production, equal to just 0.006% of the world’s long-staple cotton, is now concentrated mainly in Barbados, Antigua and Jamaica, areas that constitute a real paradise climate. About 110 million bales of cotton are produced each year, globally, of which 2 million are extra-long staple cotton. The annual production of Sea Island Cotton is just 130 bales.
A variety of the most ancient and precious cotton in the world.
The Albini Group has secured an important partnership with ECCI Cotton (an association formed by small local farmers and supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the island) for the exclusivity of 100% of Sea Island cotton grown in Barbados, which corresponds to an annual production of just over 70 bales.
Sea Island Cotton of Barbados is distinguished from all other species of cotton thanks to its unique characteristics: the considerable staple length of the fibre, arriving at 36/37 mm, the high strength, equal to 40 gr/tex and the good percentage of uniformity (86%). Besides the length, the fibre is exceptionally fine, proved by the micronaire, between 3.1 and 3.4, together with a significant brightness (a degree of reflectance of 73).
The cultivation of Sea Island follows a particular process. The seeds are carefully selected to ensure the highest quality and sowing is done mechanically in an extremely regular way. Irrigation takes place mainly naturally, through the heavy rains.
The organization responsible WISICA (West Indian Sea Island Cotton Association) inspects every kilo of cotton produced locally and issues the Certificate of Authenticity for yarns marked SEA ISLAND guaranteeing the purity of this precious raw material.
Fabrics obtained from Sea Island cotton are silky to touch, full-bodied, homogeneous, with an ability to revive and improve with each wash.