FAIR WOOL FROM THE ANDES
Knitwear always works. Especially when the materials come from sustainable production and the production supports the South American Andes region, like with the German label KARINFRAIDENRAIJ.
From model to fashion designer: Argentinean-born Karin Fraidenraij was discovered in Buenos Aires and then conquered the catwalks of big labels like Escada, Badgley Mischka or Ungaro. Packed with fashion fever, she started her fashion design studies at the Academy of Fashion and Design in Munich, which she completed in 2007. Her diploma thesis already dealt with knitwear made of llama and alpaca wool. And Karin Fraidenraij stayed with it when she founded her label in 2009.
Karin Fraidenraij, the founder of the same named brand
The basis for all pieces in the collection is camelidae wool - wool from llamas and alpacas, which comes from traditional breeding in the Andean highlands and is further refined directly on site. With the shearing, the long manufacturing process begins: First, the raw new wool is sorted by hand according to color and quality, then it is combed and cleaned by machine.
It is particularly important that the water used can be recycled in order to actively counteract an increasing shortage. The use of biodegradable soaps is also necessary in order not to pollute the environment. After drying, yarns are spun. Afterwards they can be dyed or are delivered in their natural color for further production. The production of camelidae wool therefore requires a large number of trained specialists. This is why the industry in South America makes a major contribution to securing jobs.
KARINFRAIDENRAIJ works only with selected production facilities in the South American Andean countries. The criterion: They must act according to the same ethically and morally high-quality principles as the label itself and set high quality standards for themselves and others. The knitters who produce the collections therefore work under fair conditions.
In the factories, above-standard wages are paid with legally regulated working hours. Employees are insured against illness and injury and contributions are made to old-age insurance.
In addition, the role of women is promoted, and the local habits of the population are respected, e.g. the Bolivian Cholas prefer to knit sitting on the floor.
Karin in the Andes with local knitters
With her label, the founder manages to connect her two worlds of life, Europe and South America. The proximity of South America is immediately apparent in some pieces: Colourful stripes remind us of Peruvian traditional costume, and even the cuts are partly inspired by it. On some sweaters you can find llama motifs, which are currently very trendy. However, other influences can also be clearly seen, for example ornaments from Asia. An exciting style mix, always authentic, always social, always ecological.
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