At Jilla we specialise in circular knitting using Italian Santoni knitting machines. We have chosen to use seamless knitting for all of our designs because the super stretchy fabric is really soft and comfortable next to the skin. This is not thick and chunky knitting used in a wooly jumper, this is ultra fine lightweight knitting which moves with your body. We love this construction technique because we are able to integrate different knit structures to specific areas on the garment to provide breathability and extra support for different areas of the body.
Seamless is perfect for Jilla because we can achieve a whole new level of comfort, freedom of movement and flexibility.
The drawing below shows how we make our activewear!
In seamless knitting the yarn is the most important element. We take great care selecting the most functional materials to work with by testing the yarns to see if they are perfect for each style. We visit fabric fairs to source new and exciting yarns for our future seasons, so keep your eyes peeled for our new cotton and modal pieces arriving soon!
Bamboo is one of our favourite fabrics to live and breathe in, it has amazing benefits perfect for activewear!
We go to polyamide elastane fabric for its performance qualities, a technical fabric for getting your sweat on!
At our factory's dye house, an environmentally friendly water processing unit has been installed to reduce the environmental impact of dying. This clever piece of kit effectively removes all the dye from the water when it goes back into the water system. Some of this water is also re-used within the process, a more efficient and effective system.
The skilled team at the factory work hard to ensure the Jilla pieces are made with great care and attention to detail. At every stage of the process the garments are checked for quality- after knitting the tube, once dyed, and during stitching and finishing. These multiple checks ensure that we are delivering high quality and durable activewear.