A Shirt to Steal
Amanjeda Diamond Collection shirts made of Giza 45 Cotton - The Queen of Cottons
Amanjeda Diamond collection shirts are made of the finest cotton qualities of the world by David and John Anderson collection, produced in Italy in cotton factories of Albini. These fabrics are a true pleasure to wear, they are durable in time and produced with the highest attention on sustainability.
The Shirt to Steal
Giza 45 is considered to be the “Queen” of all Egyptian cottons. Renowned for the fineness and resistance of its extra-long fibres, it is possible to reach incredibly fine yarn counts.Egyptian cotton has been renowned for centuries for its preciousness.The particular climatic conditions and fertility of the earth alongside the river Nile, especially at its delta enable the cultivation of the best cotton in the world, thanks to the unique ingredients offered by nature. The inexhaustible supply of water and fertile silt which irrigates the land caused the Greek author Herodotus to write that “Egypt is a gift of the Nile”.
The annual rainfall of around 190mm mostly falls between October and April and is particularly concentrated in a few days of abundant rain. The humidity of the air, owing to the frequent breezes coming from the North is also rather high. Any extremes of temperature are also low, owing to the mildness of the winds which blow down from the Mediterranean Sea.
The cotton is planted at the End of March when the temperature is quite mild. This mildness allows the lower branches of the plant to grow, whilst the bolls that develop in the shade are not scorched by the direct heat of the sun. In July and August, during the formation of the cotton fibre, the climate is very stable and favourable to the production of regular and uniform fibres, which are then harvested in September.
Giza 45 is “The Queen” of all types of Egyptian cotton. It was first cultivated in 1820 by Mohammed Ali Pascia, the founder of modern Egypt. Mohammed imported the Brazilian and West Indian Sea Island Cotton seeds, an enthusiast of the wonderful foreign fabrics that were produced from these raw materials. The combination of the best seeds in the world, together with the exceptional environment created the ideal cultivation conditions forthe most precious cotton in the world.The Giza 45 plants are cultivated in a very small area to the East of the Nile delta, and they represent only 0.4% of the total annual Egyptian cotton production. The cotton is picked by hand in five separate phases which ensures that only the bolls with the correct maturity are selected. Moreover the careful cultivation and the manual harvesting avoids the use of defoliants and chemical products which are normally associated with mechanical harvesting.
The fibres of the Giza 45 cotton production have an extraordinary staple length that easily surpasses +36 mm, and a unique uniformity index of 88.5%. Furthermore what makes this cotton exceptional amongst all extra-long staple cottons is the fineness of its fibres on average 2.95 microns (see table 1). To obtain the finest yarn counts like 2/200s, 2/240s, and 2/300s, David and John Anderson are even more selective and select those with fineness to 2.80 microns.