Country Name: Egypt
Population: 80,335,036 (July 2007)
Although cotton is known as native of South Africa and North America, Egypt is known as one of the mother countries of cotton. Mohammed Ali, who is sometimes known as the discoverer of Modern Egypt, introduced commercial production of cotton to the Egyptians during 1822. Mohammed Ali was introduced to cotton by Jumel, a Frenchman, who visited America and learned about the cotton crops. Cotton production in Egypt was mainly manufactured by the hands of the peasants for many years. They used the roller gin instead of the cotton gin because it was said to be cheaper. Mohammed Ali controlled the production of cotton. The production and profit of cotton in Egypt started out as a successful crop, but later lost its power after the Civil War, because America regained power and its production was high. “ Egypt became part of Europe in 1897, and then later regained its power in 1952, once again continuing on with their cotton production.” Cotton became known as their cash crop and still remains known as that today. Before cotton came to Egypt , they would make their clothing from natural vegetable fibers. The birth of cotton in Egypt opened the doors to Modern Egypt and other productions. Today, Egyptian cotton is seen as a unique type of cotton because of its long fiber cotton that is made for more softness and strength. Although Egyptian cotton is seen unique, conflicts have risen in the past because of this cotton. “In the 1990s more than 50% of cotton workers suffered symptoms of chronic pesticide poisoning, including neurological and vision disorders.” This cotton is preferred by the world’s apparel production. Some of the most famous textile factories are located in Egypt . These factories specialize in the best cotton products made in Egypt.