Difference between Supima and Tencel


Supima is known as the world’s finest cotton grown in the USA. Luxury, comfort, softness, durability, quality, and craftmanship are the benchmarks of Supima. The name Supima comes from Superior Pima recognizing the cotton’s special quality.

Supima cotton is grown only in the west and southwest states of California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.


Tencel is a brand name for a set of fibers called lyocell and modal. Tencel branded TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibers are produced by environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood. TENCEL™ fibers are found in the collections of many leading designers and renowned retailers.

TENCEL™ branded fibers can offer a range of features including botanic origin, sustainable production, gentleness of skin, long-lasting softness, silky smoothness, enhanced breathability, color retention and biodegradability.


Supima is a breed of cotton whereas Tencel is produced from wood pulp. Supima grow as cotton but in tencel, cotton is being made from processing.

Supima has extra long and durable fibers which results in more dye absorption. Comparing with Supima cotton, Tencel fabric absorbs less dye.

As Tencel is not a cotton breed, not all the processes can be applied in Tencel fabric. Heavy dyes should not be applied on Tencel fabrics and bio-chemical washing should not be done. If done, the fabric may torn. Whereas Supima fabric can be processed with any dyes or processes.

Tencel is known for its softness. Comparatively, Supima is less softer than Tencel but in whole number, Supima is also a leading fiber known for its softness.

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