Our story

From humble beginnings to a new age in knitting, Roopa's history is marked by excellence every step of the way. Learn more about our story.


Roopa’s story began in 1972 when our founder, Nat Thakkar, immigrated from India to Montreal, Canada with little more than a dream and less than $100 in his pocket. Starting as a factory worker in a woven fabrics company, Nat swiftly transitioned to a knitting mill in 1973, immersing himself in learning the craft.

Over the next 18 years, Nat mastered the operation of circular knitting machines and grew from a newcomer with no textile knowledge to a production manager of a vertical knit manufacturer, overseeing all knitting, dyeing, and finishing operations.


In 1991, Nat embarked on establishing his own knitting mill, beginning as a “converter” of knit fabrics. From procuring yarn to overseeing the knitting, dyeing, and finishing, he meticulously managed every stage of production with a keen eye for quality, delivering final products that instantly garnered clients’ trust and loyalty. With the help of Nat’s son, Amit, the business grew steadily, culminating in the establishment of a fully-equipped knitting mill in the Toronto suburbs by 2001.

This period of growth brought challenges due to international competition shrinking the Canadian knitting industry. However, Roopa's adaptability and commitment to quality allowed it not just to survive but flourish.


2001 marked a new era, with Amit formally joining the business. During this time, Roopa evolved from a provider of basic knits to a manufacturer of innovative, eco-friendly fabrics, textured knits, and the finest Canadian fleece.

Today, Roopa stands proudly as a leader in the knitting industry, renowned for its commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We not only preserve the time-honoured techniques of the craft but also embrace cutting-edge technology and sustainable practices, positioning ourselves as a trusted partner for brands globally.



When it comes to sustainability, the textile industry is far from perfect. At Roopa, we do our best to keep sustainability at the forefront. From responsibly sourcing quality eco-conscious materials to upholding fair labour practices, every step we take is calibrated to minimize our environmental footprint while maximizing positive impact.


We collaborate with suppliers who share our vision for sustainability. Our materials, including organic and recycled fibers, are carefully selected to ensure minimal environmental impact while maintaining the premium quality Roopa is renowned for.


Our production processes are designed with the environment in mind. Utilizing high-grade, non-hazardous dyes and engaging in energy-efficient practices, we craft fabrics that are safe for consumers and the environment alike.


Roopa is people-centred. We foster a work environment that is as safe and respectful as it is fair, ensuring that everyone involved in bringing Roopa's products to life is treated with dignity and respect.


Conscious decision-making at Roopa encompasses environmental consideration. Through initiatives aimed at waste reduction, recycling, and resource conservation, our unwavering commitment to the planet is evident in every action we undertake.


Whether you have questions, feedback, or inquiries, we're here to listen and assist. Your thoughts and ideas matter to us, so please don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to connecting with you!