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Next chapter for one of Scandinavia’s most iconic home textiles brand includes developing a collection with waste products from weaving
140 years and counting for Klippan Yllefabrik.
Pernilla Roos is the fifth generation working in the family business Klippan Yllefabrik. With a background in marketing she worked at an ad agency in Copenhagen, but started at Klippan when her father called and needed help to develop the company.
— Our turnover had gone down and my father had run out of ideas. This was in 2003 and ever since I have been focused on developing the product range, she says.
That range includes the famous woven wool blankets.
— We produce about 600 000 blankets each year, which is equivalent of 1,3 million meters. For this we use the wool from 300 000 sheep. The quality of the fibre is very important for the end result. We work with different kinds of wool like ecological lambs wool from New Zealand, Swedish wool and cashmere.
What’s so unique with your concept?
— Our business philosophy is to combine modern Scandinavian design with high quality and sustainable textile products. Through the years we have developed an extensive and highly appreciated collection of home textiles, exported to over 30 countries around the world. We work closely together with well-known textile designers to create a unique style. Colourful, innovative patterns are the main characteristics of Klippan’s design, says Roos, continuing,
— We only work with natural materials and produce everything from start until finished product, in our own factory. Our factory is modern, but still based on traditional craftsmanship. This enables us to be quick, flexible and innovative. We can dye and weave small lots which is the reason why we can offer such wide selection.
How do you celebrate this year’s 140th anniversary?
— By re-launching our first blanket pattern ever, Rings by Birgitta Bengtsson Björk. We have also picked up classic designs from the beloved designers Viola Gråsten and Lisa Larson. We have had an exhibition in our factory about the history of blankets. This exhibition will probably continue to Japan later this year.
Rings by Birgitta Bengtsson Björk for Klippan Yllefabrik.
When H&M Group introduced ARKET, Klippan was a key partner for their home interior range.
— We thought ARKET had a very interesting lifestyle concept which was a good match with our profile and product range, as we focus on high-quality products in sustainable materials for the whole family, says Roos. ARKET offer a selection from our range, but we also produce unique products for them. It can be anything from a color which match their collection to a specific pattern.
This fall they produced a jacquard woven blanket in a collaboration between ARKET and the Swedish artist and illustrator Linnéa Andersson.
— It is a warm yet soft and comfortably lightweight blanket in 100% lambs wool. The motif of branch and leaf textures comes in three different color combinations.
Linnéa Andersson in front of her artworks for Klippan and ARKET.
What else do you have coming?
— We are developing a collection where we use the waste products from weaving to make accessories such as cushion covers and poufs. We are also working on a collection of Swedish wool, where the wool can be traced all the way back to the individual farmer. Our future plans are to focus even more strongly on sustainability in general and wool in particular. Wool products are climate-smart. They are, among other things, durable, moist absorbent, dirt repellant, odor resistant and biodegradable. Wool products are becoming more and more common within new areas such as shoes, ski jackets and even swimming suits.Klippan YllefabrikPernilla RoosViola GråstenLisa LarsonBirgitta Bengtsson BjörkLinnéa AnderssonARKET