Abyss & Habidecor

About Giza 70 Egyptian Cotton

Giza 70 Egyptian Cotton is very special. It is grown in Egypt at the mouth of the Nile River. This region is known throughout the world as the perfect environment to cultivate cotton. Giza 70 cotton is classified as ELS or Extra Long Staple. Giza 70 is named for the year 1970; during this time when the cotton was harvested, it was declared a superior crop because of the staple length. The seeds were saved and planted again and again to propagate Giza 70.


A staple is defined as fiber that can be spun to create a yarn. ELS cottons (there are only a few) have an exceptional staple length of 1 3/8” to 1 1/2”. Spinners only need to put a soft twist on these long staples to create a yarn. The result is cotton yarn that is extremely absorbent, strong, very soft and produces little lint. Lesser quality cotton yarns have short staples that require a hard twist to create a yarn. They are not as soft and absorbent and throw a good deal of lint.

The building of the towel with Giza 70 begins. The loom is set up using the cotton in all three weaving directions of the terry with no short cuts taken here. Once the terry is woven, the towels are cut out by size with Abyss’ unique radius corner. They are then prepared to receive the Abyss signature trim.

In the careful hands of expert seamstresses, the towels receive an elegant finish of continuous bias tape, a label (sewn inward so it will not stick out) and a neatly concealed seam on the side. The seam is never on the corners as it would create a point of stress on the towels.


Then off to the dye baths. The towel, bias tape and label are all one beautiful color. By using this method, the towels are pre-shrunk and will maintain their size and shape for the life of the product.

Abyss only uses low-impact reactive dyes which are human and environmentally friendly. All water used for dyeing is sent to an onsite state-of-the-art recycling tanks, where it is treated and reused.

Abyss & Habidecor’s facility is Oeko-Tex certified, ensuring their products are safe for all.