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Welcome To JEMA

JEMA specialises in rare and high quality woollen garments.  The premium brand is Jemala using the rare “Jemala the Golden Fibre” yarn made from ultrafine Australian wool.  Jemala has pioneered this field with original research at the CSIRO, in 1999 to establish the performance of ultrafine wool in knitwear and ultrafine shawls.  “Jemala the Golden Fibre” is far finer than cashmere, rivalling Vicuna and Qiviut, and possessing superior processing characteristics.

Jemala has sought out the world’s best artisans for their production.  We use the only 45gg knitting machine which we share with Dior, Prada, and Ermenegildo Zegna among others.  This produces our premium garments that retail up to $2,695.00. These use the finest rare yarn that we can produce when spun out to 2/80 Nm for this special machine.

Jemala has found a unique knitter in Hong Kong who uses innovative management practices and extremely high quality control standards to create truly beautiful pieces of knitwear at a different weight of fabric.  The intense colour found in the ultrafine yarns is enhanced by their production methods. You will feel the sensuous fabric against your skin and wonder why you haven’t found this quality before.  These are garments for aficionados to add to their collections.

Jemala Ringshawls reach a new height in luxury.  These extremely rare 2metres by 1 metre shawls pass through a wedding ring and are specially woven for us by weavers from a background in weaving with silk that stretches back millennium.  Even recent comers to this field have been immersed in silk weaving for centuries.  They find that “Jemala the Golden Fibre” performs like no other woollen yarn, producing a gracefully luxuriant shawl.

The famed Shah Toosh weavers now work with the finest of the Jemala yarns.  Banned from using the fibre from the rare Chiru antelope, we have channelled the skills of the people into using “Jemala the Golden Fibre” as a suitable replacement for the banned fibre and keep these people exercising their creative skills to produce beautiful shawls, that are in some ways superior to the original Shah Toosh shawls. Some are producing hand spun and hand woven shawls.  These are extremely rare and valuable.   Prices and availability upon application.

Who Is Jemala

Passion and enthusiasm to produce the best in the world drives all who have come into contact with Jemala. This applies particularly to the family who runs Jemala. All members of the Gill family believe that woolgrowers, who concentrate on quality rather than quantity, will be the long-term success stories of the wool industry. The people involved in, and with Jemala, have a common ethos and a commitment to quality and satisfaction in delivering this quality onwards.
The focus of the whole Jemala enterprise is on quality, which brings with it a focus on our way of viewing the world. To do everything to the best of our ability, to take criticism as a stimulant, to encompass a philosophical approach and to understand the word “quality” (as espoused by Robert Pirsig, in his timeless book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”), as a bridge between the worlds of science and art, is an interesting and stimulating challenge.
All the way along the process, from Ultrafine Saxon Merino wool to Ultrafine Apparel, quality is the guiding force. In producing the world’s record for the finest bale of wool, there was no room for compromise on quality. Production is small, because of the quality and rarity of the end product. 

Jemala, The Golden Fibre®, is a rare natural fibre produced under chemical free conditions. Jemala has no comparable natural fibre. Jemala yarn’s prime attribute is its rarity. Shah Toosh and Vicuna are both encountering prohibition problems in world trade. Neither matches the unique characteristics of Jemala.

Produced by some of Australia’s finest Ultrafine Saxon Merinos, Jemala – The Golden Fibre’s raw product is transformed into exquisite “Top” with a hauteur of 62 millimetres (nearly twice as long as cashmere) and spun to Jemala – The Golden Fibre’s exacting specifications by the most reputable spinners in Italy.

Jemala – The Golden Fibre yarn boasts an impressive list of features:

· Rare
· Soft
· Finer and purer than cashmere – no trouble with guard hairs.
· Lustrous, bright and white,
· Much longer, stronger and more even than any natural comparable fibres.
· Extremely flexible and elastic
· Superior handle and extremely low rates of shrinkage and felting.
· Natural and biodegradable.
· Moisture absorbent.
· Fire resistant
· Durable
· Sensuous when worn next to the skin

Achievements

1996: Champion fleece and Most Valuable fleece, Benalla A&P Spring Show
1997: 1PP bale (highest rating awarded) purchased by Filatura Fontinella, Italy
1999: Jemala™ gown, by designer Angela Padua, runner-up cocktails section, Australian Gown of the Year
2000: Jemala™ fleece selected for official Woolmark display at the 27th Olympiad in Sydney
2002: Jemala™ bale, equal world record bale, sold for 120,000 cents per kilogram
2002: Jemala™ gown, by designer Judy Bond, winner Australian Wool Fashion Awards
2007: Queen Elizabeth II accepts a Jemala™ twin set

Meet Our Team

Phyllis & Ian Gill
Phyllis & Ian Gill
Phyllis (dec. 11/08/2014) and Ian have extensive backgrounds in the field of education, but have always had a close affinity with the land, since Ian graduated with honours from Dookie Agricultural College in 1958. Combining Phyllis’s innate ability to judge good quality stock, and Ian’s flair for progressive and lateral thinking, the two of them have always been at the cutting edge of agricultural pursuits. Ian and Phyllis Gill settled in Benalla, Victoria, in 1985. Benalla, “The Rose City”, is the gateway to the Victorian Alps and the wine growing areas of North East Victoria. 
Jeffrey Gill
Jeffrey Gill
Jeffrey is a postdoctoral research scientist and ensures that Jema remains at the forefront of trends in animal production and breeding technologies, through Jemala’s sister company, Jema Genetics.
Matthew Gill
Matthew Gill
Matthew is a fully qualified wool-classer, and has completed the specialist Superfine Wool-classer Course run by Canberra Institute of Technology, under the auspices of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association. Matt has also completed a postgraduate business management course at Deakin University. He is able to advise and help guide the company’s directions for the future, ensuring that budgets and financial strategies are adhered to. Matthew’s wife, Bev, is also a qualified wool-classer and performs many of the routine procedures that are integral to the production of our high quality product.