Behind the thread
Have a look at the process of creating materials rich in the finest Merino wool in the world
Ever wondered how is it possible to blend wool with synthetic materials in a way that it creates perfect fabric for producing cycling jersey?
Well, I did. I had the privilege to visit our Merino wool knit fabrics supplier in Czech republic and I'm happy to share with you what I learned in one rather interesting day.
But first thing first. The knitting mill we source our Merino wool materials from is located in the northeastern part of Czech republic. In an area well known for its garment industry in the past. After the boom of Asian textile industry and economic crisis, only the strongest and most innovative companies survived.
Our collaboration started some two years ago, when we came in with one request. To create highly technical material, rich in Merino wool, soft on touch that will be able to perform for hours on bike. We were lucky enough to find highly competent partner with same ecological and social values that Isadore tries to put in practice everyday.
Naturally, the most important element of every knit is yarns. Our Knitting mill is sourcing yarn from another reputable supplier - SudWolle Group Germany.
When these ''skeins'' of yarn arrives in the mill, they are going directly into the actual fabric knitting process.
The skeins are hanged and connected with the knitting machine, creating a labyrinth of yarns for the eye of untrained man - me, but a perfect logical system for the professionals.
Every machine is seperated with a wall from the others, to ensure that any particles created from producing other types of knits on different machines won't interfere in the knitting process and jeopardize the quality of fabric.
The machine itself has 30'' in diameter, using 20 needles per every inch, all blending Merino wool, Polyester and sometimes Lycra yarns into harmonic mixture taking advantage from the unique characteristics of these materials.
Every needle has from three to five years lifetime.
After production comes the quality check, where the fabric is illuminated for better visibilty of any defects.
After half a day spent in the premises of our fabric supplier I have confirmed once again the fact I come across regularly since establishing Isadore and taking the path of joining the cycling clothing industry.
It's absolutely inspiring to see people with certain skill, doing their job with ease, creating amazing products.
I'm proud to have the opportunity of peeking into their everyday routine and share it with you.