ONCE UPON A TIME...
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 Felt boots have been replaced by linen, but the idea is the same: do it ourselves right from the beginning and only the best is good enough.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.
The story continues.
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