Regular readers will know I have a bit of a soft spot for Australian Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform items, more commonly known as Auscam. This uniform is not easy to find north of the equator, so when items do appear in my price range I try and pick them up. Tonight we have an example of the Australian Army woolly pully:This jumper is very similar to that we are used to in the UK, it is made of a machine knitted wool with fabric shoulders and elbow patches. What is nice about this example though is that not only is the khaki colour distinctive to Australia, but the cloth used on the jumper is in Auscam. Each shoulder has a fabric panel on it, with a shoulder strap that is secured with Velcro:The neck of this jumper is cut as a round neck, rather than a ‘V’:Elbow pads in the same Auscam are sewn onto each sleeve:The sleeve itself is quite generously cut to aid movement, but has a distinctive narrowing of the width as it approaches the cuff:A pair of small pen loops are sewn to the upper left sleeve:A label is sewn into the neck of the garment:This has the standard sizing and NSN number and indicates the jumper was made by ‘Elegant Knitting Company’ of Penrith New South Wales. This company was set up in 1952 in Sydney and won its first army contract to produce jumpers in 1978. The company’s website sets out their philosophy:
Flimsy catwalk designs are not suitable for our customers, instead they demand well designed, contemporary knitwear that will perform. Whether it’s for an Army officer, an airline pilot or a school student, our knitwear is worn all day – everyday.
The reverse of the label has care instructions and indicates the jumper is made of 80% wool and 20% nylon:This blend must have changed at some point as I have seen other Australian jumpers that are made of 50% wool and 50% acrylic. I cannot say for certain why the blend might have been changed- it might just be a different manufacturer or to reduce the risk of mothing, but I suspect like most things in the military it comes down to cost and the different blend is probably cheaper to manufacture.
This jumper was not cheap, but it is a really nice design and I am very glad to be able to add it to my expanding modern Australian collection.