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

Merino wool logo with sheep

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.

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

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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.

The Tradition Continues

Over 40 Years Experience

Thermo Fleece merino underwear
Stephen Chapman
Stephen Chapman
01:30 07 Sep 21
Very happy as I've recently received my thermal tops. They are sooo warm. I have the crew neck & half zip, both long... sleeve. Nothing wrong with my original tops, i made the mistake of showing them to my snow skiing daughter in canada & they were missing from my bag when i returned......read more
Adrian Barker
Adrian Barker
05:09 16 Jul 21
I have bought woollen thermals from quite a few different suppliers over many years.Some are OK and some are absolute... rubbish!And then there is Ktena Knitting Mills, right here in Melbourne.Once you wear Ktena products you will never go back to anything else!They are by far the very best.Not itchy, fantastically warm and machine washable (wool cycle of course!)And on top of that the clever style of knit means they last a very long time.So, if you want the very best in beautiful, comfortable woollen thermals, do what I do, only buy Ktena!read more
Bill Vlass
Bill Vlass
00:10 15 Jun 21
I purchase the Merino Skins with zip for many years, they've become like a second skin.Best quality you can get.The... staff is pretty good too!God bless you's all at KTENA.read more
Allan Duncan
Allan Duncan
23:10 19 May 21
just bought 2 thermo merino fleece singlets. Very warm and are great quality made singlets. Delivery was fast. Very... happy.read more
Mel Meunier
Mel Meunier
11:03 23 Mar 21
The quality of these products is amazing and their customer service is fantastic. I ordered some items from their... Thermo Fleece collection and was sent the wrong items. I emailed the company to let them know that I had not received the items I ordered. The company responded promptly and I received the items I had ordered within a few days. They did not require the other items to be returned and I was pleasantly surprised with a free gift. I highly recommend this company for quality products and great customer service.read more
Teresa Pelle
Teresa Pelle
10:48 18 Mar 21
Ktena's products are simply beautiful and of a high quality. Their prices are so competitive compared to other similar... products offered in large retail stores.I love their quick and effortless service, and supporting local is always my priority!read more
Marty Hicks
Marty Hicks
16:24 09 Feb 21
Fantastic product and great customer support. Keeping me warm outside all day long in Saint Paul sub-zero temperatures.
Jeanne Marie Booth
Jeanne Marie Booth
04:48 09 Dec 20
Well it has been a revelation to wear these Merino Skins, nothing short of amazed. Had no idea this level of quality... and comfort existed. Communication was as superior as their product. Happy I persevered in searching for such quality. Guess that saying proves true in this case, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince. Thanks to all of you at Ktena Knitting Mills for your commitment to quality of comfort!.read more
Joy Kaias
Joy Kaias
08:52 17 Oct 20
Have purchased several merino tops from Ktena on two occasions now. The tops are high quality and Ktena’s service is... exceptional. Highly recommend.read more
Outback Broadheads
Outback Broadheads
00:07 11 Aug 20
Excellent quality, even better pricing and service. Support the Aussie made gear, it's better in all aspects.
Elena Semenova
Elena Semenova
05:25 17 Jul 20
I highly recommend Merino wool leggings. I suffer from arthritis in both knees and find suitable pants to wear outdoors... in winter - is a challenge. I purchased these wonderful leggings and could not believe the change it made! I enjoy being outside and hardly feel the stiffnessin my legs. Great product!read more
Stu H
Stu H
05:51 15 Jun 20
Very friendly staff and excellent clothing, couldn't be happier with the quality and price. I bought the 'Merino Skins'... in long sleeve, crew neck (grey) which I've used now on several very cold nights on the motorcycle, works perfectly and very comfortable under the jacket. Also got a pair of "Thermo Fleece" long johns' (black) which are also excellent. Also tested these on the motorcycle and crawling around under the 4WD on cold concrete, works perfectly, very comfortable. Price is also fantastic considering it's Aussie made. 100% will be coming back for more :-)read more
Cheryl L
Cheryl L
10:51 22 May 20
Soft and comfortable merino tops and bottoms, best I've found so far in several Australian brands, both for quality... (and longevity), and price.My original Merino Skins are several years old and still going well, no holes, soft and warm despite being worn most of winter for 5 years. They also have a great range of wool blend in a bunch of styles, plus the service in the shop is excellent. Do yourself a favour and buy a set of thermals.read more
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