Craftsmanship & Production
All garments are designed in Sweden and produced by women in a knitting collective located in El Alto, a suburb to La Paz in Bolivia. The women make the garments on hand knitting machines and the most exclusive pieces fully by hand. The knitwear are produced at their common artisan studio or from the women’s homes since the women are responsible for taking care of their children and households. We keep in close contact with our knitters at Comunidad Andina Suma Satawi, without middle men. Through the knitting collective the women get the opportunity to earn their own income. We are proud to be able to pay a fair share in return for the high quality craftsmanship. With Chaleca we wish to contribute to the women’s empowerment through income and independence.
The alpaca yarn is spun and dyed at the local spinning mill Coproca Bolivia. The alpaca animals graze freely in the Bolivian highlands. The suppliers of the fibre only use hand shearing technique for taking the fibre from the animals, which is not harmful.
The spinning mill uses eco-friendly washing and dyeing processes. For washing the fibers a detergent approved according to Öko-Tex standard 100 is used. The colorants used are the same kind we use ourselves when we dye by hand in Sweden, and that we know is not harmful for our knitters, customers or environment. These are biodegradable auxiliary products from an international manufacturer, which is member of Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD). The spinning mill does not hold any environmental certificate because of its relatively small operation.
Chaleca’s unique wool- and angora yarn used for our exclusive line is spun at The Natural Fibre Company, an English spinning mill licensed for organic production and dyeing by The Soil Association, a standard equivalent and harmonised with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The yarn itself is not certified since the raw material has no organic certification. The Corriedale wool comes from sheep grazing in the Falkland Islands and is of high welfare. The angora fibres comes from angora rabbits at Seidenhase, a farm in Germany where the animals are treated with respect, fed with local natural grains and shaved gently by hand.
To compensate for our negative impact – the transportations – we strive to climate compensate all emissions from freights from our supplier and to our customers. We climate off sett through supporting tree planting and renewable energy projects that have been verified by the UN and certified according to the Gold Standard. (An independent quality assessment of carbon dioxide emission reduction projects with social criteria in addition to the environmental.)