Throughout its existence Atelier Karaka has thought and readapted its practice and creations in a way that reaches more harmony with the planet and its resources. Despite a long path filled with hardships, this commitment has been reflected in the selection of more ecological materials and processes, in better resource management, in the collaboration with businesses with ethical values, and by being involved in and promoting awareness initiatives.
We only use 100% natural fabrics, choosing whenever possible organic or recycled deadstock, provided by companies in the North of Portugal that demonstrate concerns with sustainability practices and social care. Due to its structure, natural fibres are more appropriate for manual stamping, providing a better adherence. They are also very resistant, long lasting, recyclable, and naturally biodegradable.
Linen: it’s our chosen fibre for its unmistakable texture and behaviour. It is also one of the kindest fibres for the planet since its production demands less water and pesticides than cotton.
Cotton: It’s fresh and breathable, chosen in certain contexts. We opt for its organic version, which minimises the negative impact of its production.
Other fibres: We are actively looking for alternative fibres such as Seacell, MYX (mushroom fibre), SPF (soy fibre), etc. If you trade this type of fibres, get in touch with us.
Dyes and inks
We only use untreated fabrics, undyed, or dyed using organic and natural pigments in large scale, as a way to minimise water usage. For stamping, we only use ecological water-based fabric inks, with GOTS and ECO PASSPORT certification.
In our collections, we assume a small-scale posture or made to order production, producing only that which the client truly requires. Made to measure projects are also an example of this since the product is designed according to the real needs of the client. Despite production being artisanal or handmade, we resort to small-scale industry when it represents a significant assent in ecological terms.
Sewing and trimmings
We prefer 100% cotton sewing thread and avoid using any kind of plastic trimming. In our collections we do not use metal or plastic zippers, always opting for wooden buttons instead. Our labels are made of 100% undyed cotton and printed through manual serigraphy.
We avoid waste to the max, particularly fabric waste, which is our main material. For this, we manage fabric piece cutting digitally. All leftover fabrics are reused to create new products or integrated in workshops or artistic projects.
We don’t use plastic in any of our products’ packaging, opting for Kraft paper, which has a cultivation process that includes less chemicals, and due to its ease of degradation when disposed of in the environment (it can even be used as a fertiliser when mixed with other organic products). Whenever possible, we deliver projects personally and love to get to know our clients in person!
Take back service
We take back old pieces that we created in case they no longer make sense in your home décor or if they were damaged by some reason. We reward this return with a 15% off discount voucher that can be used in our online shop. These pieces can be fixed up, transformed in new pieces or its materials can be reused in other projects or initiatives.
If you have pieces at home that you’d like to give a new life to, we can help. They may be curtains, cushions, tablecloths, or even pieces of clothes. They only need not to have any stamping so that they may receive new ideas, now in synch with your taste or inspiration.
We are available to collaborate in artistic, cultural and/or on behalf of the community, either through creating pieces or sharing our knowledge. Get in touch through our email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your ideas.
We are proud to be part of Between Parallels – Association for Design and Sustainable Development – that aims to promote, organize and develop activities and/or events with environmental and social impact with a view to sustainable development.