Sea Island Cotton (G. barbadense) dates back to the 1800s and is prized for its extra long staple, with fibres stretching from 40 mm – 60 mm. Traditionally grown in the islands off the coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, this cultivar came to represent its own market class. It is now cultivated around the world, including China, Egypt, Sudan, India, Australia, Peru, Israel, the southwestern United States, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. G. barbadense accounts for about 5% of the world's cotton production. Although the original Sea island cotton ceased to be produced commercially in 1920, there is still a small production now from the Caribbean, mainly Barbados and Jamaica, used in specialised garments. Our ‘Sea island’ towels come directly from this cultivar although not from the traditional origin in the south western United states, but from Egypt.