The Weavers of Lapua

In 1917 Juho Annala, the grandfather of Juha Hjelt, founded a felt boot factory in Lapua, Finland. In the 30’s, Juha’s father and uncle bought first weaving machines, and industrial weaving began. This was the beginning of the story of Lapuan Kankurit.

The history of the Finnish family business “Lapuan Kankurit” (Finnish for “The Weavers of Lapua”) dates back to 1917. The company is now run in the fourth generation.


“I was born in 1939, and it was a beautiful autumn. Two months later there was World War II. So even as child, I learned to work hard. When I turned fifteen and got out of school, I was so eager to work at my uncle’s weaving mill that I already had my working overall on, when I went to ask for a job. I started the same day and worked there for twenty years. We made e.g. wool blankets for the army, but also elaborated jacquard fabrics. I was an apprentice for an older weaving master who had worked in Belgium. When I thought there was nothing more left to learn, my wife Liisa and I started our own weaving mill in 1973 and named it Lapuan Kankurit (Weavers of Lapua).”

Juha Hjelt

Founder of Lapuan Kankurit and CEO 1973–1999, third generation weaver

History of Lapuan Kankurit’s website

Daily Operation

The owners know each of their employees personally. The daily operation of a weaving mill involves different phases, and each of them requires an experienced specialist. In addition, they are surrounded by an extensive network of passionate professionals: yarn dyers, designers, machinists …. Together they are Lapuan Kankurit.

Products with history, real values, sustainable consumption and respect for nature

Most of the products are made in Lapua’s own weaving mill in western Finland, and the other part in a weaving mill in Lithuania, part of Lapuan Kankurit.

When it comes to their products, multi-functionality is an essential part of it. There is no right or wrong way to use them: blankets can also be used as tablecloths or room dividers. The imagination knows no limits.

Only natural raw materials are used: linen, tencel, cotton, wool and mohair. They know where their materials come from as well as they know all the steps from the thread to the finished product.

Inspiration for your home


Bathrobes & Slippers

Lapuan Kankurit Onni Wash Mitten


Restaurant Njord, Vaduz

At Restaurant Njord in Vaduz, they use Lapuan Kankurit’s aprons daily. They are not only a real eye-catcher for their guests, but also very practical for their employees: Because of the cross-woven back part, they can easily put on and take off the apron without having to tie it with a loop.

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