“When it comes to our products, multifunctional is what it’s all about. There is no right or wrong way to use our products: blankets can also be used as tablecloths or space dividers. When well maintained, high-quality textiles will make you happy for decades, which means you can also leave a lasting inheritance for future generations. Products made by Lapuan Kankurit weave a tale of genuine values, sustainable consumption and respect for nature.”
— Lapuan Kankurit
"Once upon a time there was a man named Juho Annala, Esko’s great-grandfather. The Ostrobothnian winters were freezing cold, so Juho decided to open a wool and felt boot factory in Lankilankoski. He worked so hard that year that he did not realise how important it would turn out to be: it was 1917, and in December an independent nation called Finland would be born.
The years went by, the wool textiles sold well and children were born. Nearly a hundred years later, Lapuan Kankurit is a family business that weaves Finnish quality. Felt boots have been replaced by linen, but the idea is the same: do it ourselves right from the beginning and only the best is good enough. Each woven metre of fabric tells a story of Finnish handicraft. The Lapua textile factory is headed by a fourth generation weaver, Esko Hjelt, with his wife Jaana. The successful products are owed to our use of the latest weaving techniques, our top designers and professional staff, and our responsible attitude towards the environment, people, nature and traditions."
Lapuan Kankurit, a mill based in Lapua, Finland, has over 100 years love of weaving. Starting with a felt boot factory in 1917, the family venture is now headed up by fourth-generation weavers Jaana and Esko Hjelt.
The mill is set in the Ostrobothnian fields region of western Finland and focuses on perfect execution of the craft of weaving in beautiful natural fibres - mostly organic linen, wool, organic cotton, Tencel and mohair. Their 100 percent long-staple linen yarn is grown and spun in Europe according to the Öko-Tex standard. Lapuan Kankurit - Finnish for "weavers of Lapua" - is part of the Masters of Linen, which ensures field-to-mill standards and traceability for European linen. (There are 17 member companies specialising in woven and knitted fabrics in Europe.) Not only are their base fabrics beautiful, but the designs and patterns that are woven into them are by turns colourful, elegant, and playful. Working with designers like Japan’s Makoto Kagashima and Finland's Marja Rautiainen, Lapuan Kankurit delivers beauty, function and humour in easy-to-fold squares. We are offering a few key pieces from their range - including a woolly wrap (with pockets!), a small cascade of blankets and tea towels, scarves of linen and wool, and some seriously snuggly hot-water bottles. We trust you’ll love their work as much as we do, and if we’re right, we’ll be bringing in more soon.