Lapuan Kankurit is a family-owned company with a long history. They value innovation, transparent production and design. Their own weaving mill in Lapua allows new textile innovations, and the company has worked hard to develop different types of linen. Own weaving mill allows not only experimentation with textiles, but we can also control our production to guarantee the excellent quality. The company wants to be a pioneer in the market with its specialty products that are not mass-produced.
The Lapuan Kankurit skill in textile development include, for example, a thin linen and tencel towel and a 100% washed linen towel collection. The company has collaborated with Aalto University in both design and engineering; among other things, ioncel test weavings have been made at the Lapuan Kankurit weaving mill in Lapua.
Value-based choices guarantee quality
It is important for the Lapuan Kankurit to have a transparent organization. They use natural fibers, which are woven into high quality products. For example, their wool yarns are Mulesing-free wool according to the ÖKO-TEX standard. The linen comes from 100% European MASTERS OF LINEN.
The cornerstone of the company is the craftmanship from generation to generation. The grandmother of fourth-generation fabric weaver and our current CEO, Esko Hjelt, founded a company based on wool over 100 years ago. Products have varied over the decades, and the company took its present form in 1973, when Esko’s father, Juha, came up with the idea of Lapuan Kankurit. Juha had learned the Jacquard weaving technique at the family weaving mill and he wanted to implement it in his mill.
Enhance your sauna experience with Lapuan Kankurit products
Lapuan Kankurit uses natural fibers that are perfect for the sauna experience; they are eco-friendly, they have excellent absorbency, breathability and temperature resistance. Jaana Hjelt, the company’s marketing director and co-owner, thinks that the design of the sauna is important, but in the end, creating the right atmosphere is everything:
“The interior decoration of a sauna can vary a lot, but it is still the atmosphere of the sauna that makes the sauna experience perfect. The interaction of people and family in sauna is invaluable.”
Read here some tips from Lapuan Kankurit to improve your sauna experience:
BEFORE THE SAUNA
Textiles make it easy to create warmth in all sauna premises; the sauna room, the sauna itself and the fireplace room. Start relaxing already before you go to sauna and climb up to the benches. Prepare the covers, soaps and towels. Prepare supper to be enjoyed after the sauna and wrap yourself in a woolen blanket to wait for the sauna to warm up.
The textiles in the sauna create the mood and protect the benches. They also protect the skin from heat and absorb moisture. Sauna pillows support your head and neck, whether you’re sitting against the wall or laying down on the benches. A linen towel, a sauna cap or a turban will protect your head from heat when needed. When washed, linen and terry washers will wash and help revitalize blood circulation. Take a shower between the sauna , drink water and wrap yourself in a big towel while cooling off. The linen towel is very absorbent and feels dry for a long time against the skin, making it the perfect sauna towel.
When you have relaxed in sauna for your heart’s content, it is time to wash yourself and move to cool down. Remember to remove the sauna textiles from sauna, rinse them and put them to dry. Sauna is often known to cause so-called “post sweat”, so it’s nice to wear a loose-fitting sauna suit and absorbent linen towels when you leave the sauna. A sauna outfit or jacket is equally breathable and absorbent linen and is ideal for balancing body heat after bathing. After the sauna, a delicious snack table is ready and delights the visitors. Wrap yourself in a woolen blanket after the sauna evening. The wool is a natural material that breathes and keeps you warm.
Lapuan Kankurit have their own Helsinki Store
The Lapuan Kankurit Store & Studio is located in the heart of Helsinki, in the historic Torikortteli. Here you will find a wide selection of Lapuan Kankurit products and other small sauna accessories. Japanese designers have designed the interior of the store.
The company has taken an international step by opening its own Lapuan Kankurit store in Tokyo. “Tourists are very quality conscious and they appreciate the use of genuine materials rather than artificial fibers.” says Hjelt.