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How Rappu is made

Through the frequent use of cameras, we desperately needed a camera wrap for daily routines that combined aspects such as compactness, flexibility, sustainability and modern design. We couldn’t find one on the market that fit our needs, so we created our own product and named it RAPPU (from the Japanese word ラップ meaning "to wrap").

We aim to be honest and transparent with our customers about our manufacturing processes. Since the final product is only as good as its parts, we spend a considerable amount of time researching the materials and processes that go into the items we make. Watch our Making Of Video here.

For Rappu's outer fabric we use Piñatex, an innovative natural textile made from the leaves of the pineapple plant, a byproduct of the fruit industry, which are traditionally discarded or burned. The raw material is cradle to cradle and requires no additional environmental resources to produce.

The fibers are colored using GOTS certified pigments and a water-based PU resin top coating is applied to give additional strength, durability and water resistance.

 

 

 

The inner material is soft, smooth to the touch and luxurious in shine and is made from 100% Tencel. It is a heavy woven fabric with a visible structure. Tencel is derived from renewable wood sources in a sustainable closed loop process. 

The fabric is also lint-free which is an important factor especially when wrapping cameras or other technical equipment.

Our pattern for Rappu was done environmentally friendly in a European textile printing factory that carries the GOTS certificate. 

 

We know that we're still at the beginning of this process and that there's room for improvement in terms of utilizing 100% eco friendly materials. At this point we haven't found green replacements for certain parts that certify the quality and durability of our product. But we will keep looking for better alternatives that match our standards to make our products more sustainable.

  

Since August 2019 we've been working closely with Fashion Designer Keke Opata on Rappu's development. She has been supporting us throughout the whole process from developing a sewing pattern to bringing her technical skills and knowledge to the table and improving every detail of the final product.

After creating multiple prototypes for us and transforming our visions into something tangible, we are so happy to launch the first collection of Rappus that we collectively put so much heart and effort into.