Lapuan Kankurit Oy
INTELLIGENT NATURE AW19 COLLECTION
We at Lapuan Kankurit pride ourselves in creating responsibly produced products woven in our own weaving mill in Lapua, Finland. Authentic, natural materials are close to our heart. We love weaving with linen and wool because of their properties.
Linen is a truly ecological material. It grows with rainwater without irrigation, which saves groundwater and maintains a healthy ecosystem. We use European linen that is produced according to Öko-Tex standards. As part of Masters of Linen, all our linen products are traceable.
What makes linen especially beautiful is its durability: textiles soften with use and laundering. It’s also a sustainable choice, because linens can be passed down generations.
The wool we use is mainly high-quality new wool from New Zealand and South Africa. The wool is spun in Europe according to Öko-Tex standard 100 and we ensure that our wool is mulesing-free. Wool is one of the most durable natural materials.
Textiles made of these fibres can last for generations, but they are also biodegradable — an ecological and sustainable choice.
DESIGNS FOR A SIMPLE LIFE
Designer Tong Ren finds inspiration from nature and his travels. Tong studies in the Master’s programme in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design in Aalto University. His studies brought him and Lapuan Kankurit together in the spring of 2018, when he visited the weaving mill as part of his studies. Students weave their designs at the mill, and the company meets young designers.
Tong finds inspiration in nature, and he often walks in Lammassaari in Helsinki. “Even looking at the same tree can spark a different idea each time”, he says. His pattern METSÄ echoes this interest from the weavers of good life in nature. “It is peaceful, but full of textures”, Tong describes. The Lapuan Kankurit collection will include METSÄ as woolen blankets and pillows, as well as linen bath and sauna products.
Tong finds that Finns are passionate about protecting nature. That’s why he’s thrilled to work with Lapuan Kankurit. “I love the way they respect nature and craftsmanship”, he says. He often works with natural materials in his designs. “Sustainability is an important issue”, Tong says. “It’s important to know about the materials I’m using.”
IN COOPERATION WITH THE FINNISH ASSOCIATION FOR NATURE CONSERVATION
Lapuan Kankurit has released the SAIMAANNORPPA collection in cooperation with The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC). One of the FANC’s aims is to protect the endangered Saimaa ringed seal.
The Saimaa ringed seal (saimaannorppa in Finnish) is the most endangered seal in the world. It lives only in the Finnish lake Saimaa. Today, there are only 380–400 seals.
The association’s specialist Kaarina Tiainen has designed a pattern that works beautifully as woven textiles. SAIMAANNORPPA products, wool blankets, hot water bottles, linen towels and sauna textiles combine the craftsmanship of Lapuan Kankurit with a deep understanding of nature. Each SAIMAANNORPPA hot water bottle cover is cut from a different piece of fabric, replicating the unique rings that are found on each seal.
Lapuan Kankurit donates a fixed amount for each of the SAIMAANNORPPA products sold to the FANC for the protection of the Saimaa ringed seal.