What is Kona Cotton?


Can you tell if something is exotic just by its name? Luaualoha, kahuna and other words are reminders of far-flung places by their mere sound and the associations they convey. Kona is such a word. With it you can almost see imposing Hawaiian volcanoes, clear turquoise waters and resplendent tropical birds. But the questions remains: what exactly is kona cotton?

Kona is a trademarked 100% cotton broadcloth made by Robert Kaufman, a premier novelty fabric mill. Kona cotton was introduced by the company in the 1980s in response to the rapidly growing quilting industry. The thread count for kona cotton is 60 by 60. This high thread count is what allows kona cotton to balance durability with a soft hand and light weight.

Kona cotton fabrics are ideal for such apparel as children’s clothing, shirting, dresses, applique and decorating for the home. Following is a look at some of our kona cotton fabrics from Robert Kaufman:

Kona Organic Cotton: PFD Bleached White

Vera's Garden Bright Flowers Fabric

Kona Organic Cotton: White

Bayshore Lobsters Fabric: Black

Sewing Machines Fabric

Corkscrews Fabric: Sand

Canine Portraits Fabric

North American Bears Fabric

Enjoy our huge selection of printed kona cotton fabrics from Robert Kaufman! You will also enjoy Robert Kaufman’s extensive selection of pima cotton fabrics.

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