Among the precious yarns characteristic of the brand stands out Makò cotton, a natural material of very high quality of Egyptian origin. Its characteristics are the extra long fibers (equal to 33 mm and more) the softness, the shine of the silk and a resistant and delicate consistency.
Between the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s, a young and enterprising French merchant visiting Egypt discovered a beautiful flower garden in the ancient city of Cairo owned by a Bey ruler of the place called Mako. All kinds of flowers grew in the garden, but one particular plant attracted the attention of Monsieur Jumel. These were long and thick cotton bushes with large and showy yellow flowers. Monsieur Jumel picked up some, examined them, returned several times to that garden, and at the end of the summer the flowers gave way to spherical fruits which then opened and revealed white, soft and shiny wads. Astonished by the extraordinary adaptability, Jumel became convinced of the possibility of extending the cultivation of that type of cotton throughout the region. Enthusiastic, he talked to the Ottoman governor in the lands of Egypt, Mehemet Ali Pasha, who accepted the idea and wasted no time in providing the necessary to implement the project. The machinery was imported, drained land, experts arrived, people were educated in the art of cultivation. At first the difficulties were not lacking, it was a completely new activity for those lands but after several attempts the success crowned the efforts and courage of its promoters. The plantations prospered so rapidly that in just a few seasons it flourished all over Egypt and soon the cotton trade became the main commercial activity of the region.
This extraordinary Egyptian cotton, as resistant as soft with a silk-like beauty, was called The Mako Cotton, from the name of the Bey owner of the flower garden where Jumel first discovered those plants with extraordinary fruits.
Surrounded by the dry and hot dunes of the Sahara, the valley and the Nile in the north of Egypt are among the most fertile agricultural areas on the planet, veritable oases that enjoy extraordinary climatic conditions, ideal for the cultivation of the best cotton. In those lands the climate is mild throughout the year and the humid breezes of the Mediterranean keep the humidity rather high. The cultivation of cotton begins at the end of March, the air is cooler in spring, suitable for favoring the growth of the lower branches on young plants where the cotton flakes can ripen in the shade of the leaves above, protected by the hot North African sun . The harvest, strictly by hand, takes place in September in five stages to ensure that each capsule is ripe at the right point and the cotton inside is as uniform and regular as possible. Hand picking guarantees full respect for nature by avoiding the use of defoliants and chemical substances normally used with mechanical methods. It will be the skills and experience of farmers and spinners to guarantee the maximum purity of the flakes, such precious materials require special care, the first stages of processing allow the removal of imperfect fibers to ensure the absolute quality of the yarn.
To recognise the best cotton there are several parameters such as: variety, strength, uniformity, colour, but for the highest quality, what matters above all is the length of the fiber. It is the essential element for creating fine yarns and for creating precious, natural, long-lasting fabrics that are very soft to the touch. Malo chooses only the best cotton, whose extra long fibers can reach 35 millimeters. These fibers are relatively rare and represent only 2% of world cotton production.
Wash and Care
Malo garments made of Makò cotton are elegant and comfortable made to last, their care is essential so that cotton can stand up to the passing of the years. It is important to choose a quality laundry detergent with a balanced pH, using only half of it compared to the amount you would normally use. The cleanser has to be free from bleach. Bleach damages natural cotton fibers
- Avoid using fabric softeners as harsh chemicals damage natural fibers. Makò cotton garments will naturally become softer with each wash.
- Set the washing machine program on a cold and gentle wash. Cold water avoids shrinkage, a low and delicate spin speed will keep the fabric texture intact.
- Spread the garments as soon as they are washed on a dry towel or hung in the open air
- Makò cotton garments must be ironed when they are still slightly damp, it is important to keep the iron temperature very low to avoid burning natural cotton fibers.