Despite what you know about our company’s high-end outdoor apparel, Karukinka isn’t necessarily in business to sell clothing. This company was started to disrupt the fashion industry, to offer a new way of doing business that benefits everyone from our consumers to our partners to the planet. That’s why we are pursuing a B Corp certification.
On July 13th we celebrated Day of the Weaver in Chile, paying homage to women who have dedicated their lives to making artisanal clothing. Without the predominant women-led production team, Karukinka wouldn’t be what it is today.
The circumstances of our summer are certainly unprecedented. It may feel like an odd time to consider your waste, but we disagree. We’ve been given an opportunity to see what we can do without many luxuries we take for granted. Now is the perfect time to prioritize, think local, and shop smart.
Thanks to the dedication of theCorporation Selk’nam Chile, the National Congress in Chile has approved a bill for the Selk’nam people to be officially recognized as an indigenous ethnic group. This is particularly important given the renewed effort to recognize historically marginalized groups. Prior to this recognition, the Selk’nam were declared “extinct,” when in reality, their ancestors are active and living.
With the environmental and performance benefits of natural fibers, from local animals such as alpaca, llama, and sheep, and the performance capabilities of high-quality recycled fabrics like Polartec® Power Stretch Pro, we can guarantee the best garments that last for years to come.
Our Karukinka yarn, or “K-Yarn,” blends the best properties of three sustainable, cruelty-free, and 100% handspun natural fibers. The benefits of natural fibers go farbeyond their positive social and environmental impact. We truly believe they make the best product out there, which is why we stand by each product we make. Find out which fibers we choose to use and why.
We're proud to have been able to support the creation of this bilingual story published in the latest issue of Sisu Magazine. Emily Hopican and Carolina Ibarra Rojas wove together their experiences, in English and Spanish, about their connection to Torres del Paine in Patagonia, their adventures, and how one tale about little berry proved to be true. Thank you to Timothy Dhalleine for capturing this special bond between two people and a place with your photography.
This document, compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020, is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Understanding what slow fashion actually means is not easy, particularly when you are trying to decipher between truth and marketing. At Karukinka, we aim to be totally transparent in our manufacturing. We're excited to share more about our work with you in the coming months as we head into the studio and into the field to film a behind-the-scenes look at our operations. But in the meantime, we lovethis article from Who What Wearthat describes the three pillars of slow fashion.
We’ve said this many times before: each Karukinka product is handmade from start to finish. But we realized many of our customers might not realize the magnitude of our production process and that when we say start to finish, we mean it. So here’s a little more detail about the lifecycle of each product. Where it begins, where it’s constructed, where it’s checked again and again for quality before being shipped to your front door.