lets go back to baisic. What kinds of cotton are there? types of cotton excerpt from http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/botany/cotton-info2.htm: "Types of Cotton There are more than 30 types of cotton plants, ranging from small shrubs less than one foot (30 cm) tall to trees more than 10 feet (3 m) high. Some of the better-known types are described below. Sea Island Cotton, with a staple of 1 3/8 to 2 1/2 inches (3.5–6.4 cm), has the highest quality fiber but its susceptibility to insect attack makes commercial production impractical. It is named for the Sea Islands (off the coast of the southeastern United States), where it was grown until the boll weevil halted production in the 1920's. Egyptian Cotton has yellowish fibers that are only slightly shorter than those of Sea Island cotton—1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches (3.8–4.4 cm) long. This cotton is used in making thread, raincoats, underwear, and hosiery. An American type of Egyptian cotton, called American pima, is grown in the southwestern Cotton Belt under irrigation. Upland Cotton is the main type grown in the United States. It is also grown all over the rest of the cotton-producing world. The fibers are white, 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches (1.9–3.8 cm) long. The plant is 2 1/2 to 4 feet (75–120 cm) tall. It is native to Mexico and Central America. Asiatic Cotton has fibers less than one inch (2.5 cm) long and rather coarse in texture. It is grown mostly in India, Iran, China, and Russia. Other Cottons of commercial importance include Peruvian cotton, with fuzzy, almost wool-like fibers, and Brazilian cotton, a perennial cotton with long, silky fibers. Levant, Mexican, and Jamaica cottons are wild varieties that may have been the early relatives of some modern varieties. Colored cotton has been produced by some agricultural experimenters, but cloth woven from it tends to fade in strong sunlight."