About Us

Underwear Specialists

Ktena Knitting Mills – the owners and manufacturers of Merino Skins and Thermo Fleece, is Australia’s leading thermal underwear manufacturer. As underwear specialists for over 40 years, we manufacture only warm under-garments and are thus able to concentrate on improving and extending our product range to meet the demands of our customers.

Vertical Structure

All our garments are manufactured “in-house” beginning from the raw yarn to the packaged product. Skilled technicians design our fabrics and individually set the machinery to produce the required sizing and styles. Garment designers, cutters, sewing and packing staff all work within the same premises to ensure that all departments are at close range and can work together efficiently.

We have established strict quality control measures that occur at the highest level before leaving the premises. Our dedicated and qualified staff work together as a team and have been instrumental in the culmination of our respectable reputation as manufacturers of high-quality garments.

Extensive experience

Ktena supplies many businesses throughout Australia and the world our ever-growing markets include North America, South East Asia, China, Great Britain and many EU members in the European Union.

World Standard Clientele

Ktena Knitting Mills has been supplying some of the most renowned and prestigious retailers and distributors for many decades. Repeat orders from both small and mega-firms has enabled us to develop and maintain our reputation as “the thermal underwear experts” who offer quality and service worldwide.

Woolmark Certified

Woolmark Certified logo
Merino wool logo

All of our garments are 100% Woolmark certified.

The Woolmark logo is a symbol of trust, only Woolmark certified garments are guaranteed authentic after passing rigorous quality control and extensive testing procedures.

Do not trust a brand or product that is not Woolmark certified. Products that are not certified are not independently tested and may claim to be 100% merino but may turn out not be.

There are many companies and products online claiming to be made of merino and of quality, however, unless they have Woolmark certification and carry the Woolmark logo on their label and packaging there is no way of knowing what you’re buying.

Here is an excerpt from Woolmark –

The Woolmark licensing program is a textile quality assurance and product certification scheme that guarantees fibre content and quality to both consumers and the supply chain. Yarns, fabrics and garments are subject to rigorous independent testing to achieve the prestigious Woolmark certification. The logo is not just a brand: products that carry the mark are subject to The Woolmark Company’s quality standards which are backed up by rigorous test methods.

Only trust Woolmark certified garments such as Merino Skins and Thermo Fleece, your guarantee of quality.

Ethical Clothing Australia

ethical clothing Australia

Ktena Knitting are a certified ethical clothing Australia manufacturer.

Ktena is committed to supporting an ethical wool industry and the ECA accreditation that provides consumers and buyers with a simple way to identify and support ethically made Australian TCF products.

Our Knitting Factory

knitting machines in factory
garment maker cutting patterns
worker cutting fabric
working sewing garments
staff packing garments for delivery

Ethical Clothing Statement

Click here to read our Ethical Clothing Policy

Australian Made Certified

Australian Made

All of our garments are 100% Australian made and owned certified.

The famous Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo is the true mark of Aussie authenticity. It’s Australia’s most trusted, recognised and widely used country of origin symbol, and is underpinned by a third-party accreditation system, which ensures products that carry the logo are certified as ‘genuinely Australian’.

As a registered certification trademark, the AMAG logo can only be used on products that are registered with Australian Made Campaign Ltd (AMCL), and which meet the criteria set out in the Australian Consumer Law and the AMAG Logo Code of Practice.

For more than 30 years, the AMAG logo has helped thousands of brands communicate their Australian credentials to consumers, businesses and all levels of government. It does this instantly and clearly, making it a powerful sales and marketing asset for authentic Aussie brands, and a helpful shopping aid for consumers around the globe.

Merino & Jumbuck

In 2018 Ktena Knitting Mills purchased the rights to Merino and Jumbuck as a going concern.

A Tour of our Oakleigh Factory and Process

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The Tradition Continues

Over 40 Years Experience

Thermo Fleece merino underwear

What our customers are saying ...

You can also read individual product reviews on our product pages.

Ktena Knitting Mills
4.8
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Katie Carter
Katie Carter
23:49 10 Nov 23
Went to the factory outlet, Denise was amazing with her assistance. Great product and great service.. fantastic... Australian made and owned products. Great prices at the outlet. Highly recommended, 5 stars from usread more
Annie Mclachlan
Annie Mclachlan
22:32 07 Nov 23
Ktena Knitting Mills products are A1!Hubby & I bought between us both, 8 thermal skins items as we're soon travelling... to the Northern hemisphere for Winter.Just beautiful. Such nice, well knitted & very smooth & soft wool.John"s customer service toward me has been exceptional & has exceeded my expectations. A hard working, warm, honest, empathetic & polite man.You made my day & helped me without question or stressful fuss.I mentioned we are soon travelling overseas & John was very helpful & very quick in responding to my needs.I had to ring & arrange to receive smaller sizes for my thermal skin tops & John was happy to arrange immediate delivery. I hadn't even yet returned the other tops, but this wasn't an issue to John!I received my small sizes within 24 hours & I was beyond pleased with the speedy service.I will have to send back my other tops, as I stated I would, but thus far, John hasn't pressured me to return it immediately, but I certainly will do very soon.I honestly couldn't believe it & was taken aback by his kindness & superior customer service.I will definitely continue to support this great Aussie business in my own backyard.I highly recommend Ktena.My photos will be added/uploaded very soonThank you John & Ktena Knitting Mills!👍read more
Andrew Mclachlan
Andrew Mclachlan
03:48 03 Nov 23
Ktena Knitting Mills make very high quality products at reasonable prices. We ordered from them and are very happy with... their products. Ktena also have fabulous customer service. We had occasion to change a size and they went out of their way to help us. Literally this is the best customer service we have ever received. I highly recommend Ktena for their quality products and exemplary service.read more
Vicki Shores
Vicki Shores
13:54 23 Oct 23
Fabulous products and service. Super soft, very warm and so well made. How lovely to support an Australian Company.
Irwin K
Irwin K
02:20 23 Oct 23
I made a bunch of purchases for my Mt. Everest Base Camp hike, and I have to say, they were the best buys I've ever... made.Marino Base Layers - Not only did they keep me warm in the freezing cold, but they kept me dry even when I was sweating buckets. They really saved the day!And the best part? After over 10 days of non-stop hiking without a decent shower, those Marino wool layers didn't pick up a funky smell. It's like they're resistant to odors, which is a lifesaver on an extended trek like this.What really surprised me was how these layers significantly lightened my load with less clothing. When every ounce of weight counts, it's fantastic to have gear that pulls its weight – or should I say, lightens the weight.I'm so smitten with these items that I'm not just keeping them to myself. I'm telling all my family and friends about these absolute game-changers.Thanks a million!read more
Jayne Bailey
Jayne Bailey
20:21 10 Oct 23
Beautiful products and I was extremely touched by the compassion shown when I asked to return an item under exceptional... circumstances. I was received with understanding and empathy. Extremely helpful. Their customers certainly do come first!read more
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