Karl Mayer — Mastering a hairy affair

Cooperation to unlock the potential of merino wool for knitwear

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Gabriela Schellner, expert at KARL MAYER's Textile Product Development Department, with new textile solutions. Photo - Karl Mayer

The KARL MAYER GROUP, the Südwolle Group, and another player in the natural fibres sector have joined forces in a project to explore the exciting possibilities of merino wool for warp knitting technology. The project was triggered by the increasing market demand for textiles made from sustainable and environmentally friendly materials. The cooperation was to develop innovative fabrics from renewable raw materials for use in underwear and functional sportswear. The focus of the work was on the use of wool as a material with excellent comfort properties and the look and feel of lightweight single jersey goods. The natural fiber fabric qualities are not typical for warp knitting processing, so the challenges during the project work were diverse.

Regarding the choice of material, the product development team of Südwolle Group recommended the Hidalgo yarn from their product portfolio. The Hidalgo yarn, which is made from merino wool, was processed on a warp knitting machine using a carefully thought-out lapping selection to produce a light, soft fabric which, above all, retains its shape.

The first results are promising.

More information about the project is available here.

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