AUSTRALIAN MERINO WOOL SEAMLESS KNITWEAR CORE COLLECTIONNAGNATA collaborated with The Woolmark Company to develop an original superfine Merino wool performance fabrication on circular knitting machines. The seamless knitwear collection is designed with minimal seams and a high content of natural fibres blending Australian Merino Wool with Tencel for breathability, sustainability and a beautifully soft handfeel.
The technique of knitting fine gauge circular garments with high contents of Merino Wool blended with natural fibres and only minimal synthetics is an innovative textile development for compression knitwear. The natural fibres tend to break easily in the machines when knitting for mid compression stretch and support. The Nagnata designers worked closely with the yarn spinners, knitwear technicians and The Woolmark Company to test and develop the perfect blend of yarns and fabric construction for the launch performance CORE line.
NAGNATA is committed to keeping the use of synthetic fibres in the brand's movement knitwear to a minimum, challenging the industry standard for sportswear focused garments made from 100% synthetics. The innovative approach to blend Merino Wool with Tencel (a fibre made by dissolving wood pulp) is a unique and exciting new textile development. The second skin fabrication is knitted from 35% Merino wool, 35% Tencel and only 30% poly/nylon/spandex. Merino Wool is one of the world’s most technically advanced fibres, with unique moisture and temperature regulation properties. Keep reading below for more information on why we love to work with Merino Wool and the process involved with making this collection.
Below; Nagnata designers Hannah and Laura May Gibbs at The Woolmark Company HQ Development Centre in Hong Kong, and at the circular knitting factory and yarn spinning development centre in China.
The seamless fabric offers mid compression support without restricting the breath during practice and high intensity workouts. The natural technical properties of Merino Wool allow breathability and temperature regulating properties, meaning the fibre helps cool your body when you are hot, and provide warmth when your body is cold.
"In contrast to synthetics, wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in the body’s temperature, keeping you comfortable. In warm environments, wool fabrics can feel up to two times cooler to touch than synthetic fabrics, because wool conducts more heat away from your skin" - The Woolmark Company
The Merino Wool seamless range is the first performance focused offering from Nagnata; designed for hot yoga, pilates, cycling, dance and high intensity cardio exercise. The collections is intended to be worn studio-to-street and as transitional pieces to style with your fashion wardrobe. The high stretch mid compression knitted garments are also a great for women to wear throughout pregnancy and postpartum as they offer support, second skin softness and will grow with the shape of your body and return to shape after wear.
.....Above ; Nagnata designers Hannah and Laura May Gibbs at The Woolmark Company Development Centre, China.
Australian Merino Wool is a natural, biodegradable and renewable fibre. It's one of the world’s most technically advanced fibres, with unique moisture and temperature regulation properties. Merino wool fibres are finer than traditional wool fibres, so they feel luxuriously soft next to the skin. They work in total harmony with the wearer’s body due to their excellent natural elasticity, odour resistant and moisture management properties and natural breathability.
At Nagnata we believe it matters what you put against your skin. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it contains millions of pores, even if most of them are not visible to the human eye. All of these pores are open, allowing the skin to 'breathe'. Because the skin is porous it absorbs what we put on it. This includes the chemical residue in fibres from our clothes.
Synthetic fibres are man-made and derived mainly from petroleum. These petrochemicals are not something we want our skin absorbing, which is why we are focused on minimising or ideally completely avoiding the use of synthetics in our clothes. We use core spun yarns where possible to avoid skin contact. Since the launch of CORE 001 we are continuing to innovate in this space so we can improve our efforts and textile developments for the follow through collection.