The Craft Production company is a local, non profit, fair trade organization providing design, market, management and technical services to low-income, primarily female craft producers. The company has approximately 1000 producers, full and part time, in house and outside. It has been successful in balancing its business priorities and its social obligations since its creation in 1984. Today, the company is proud to define itself as a socially oriented, commercially viable enterprise.
The expert has been given the following tasks: – New design for felt products – New felting techniques for upgrading products which are efficient as well as cost effective – Imparting knowledge and technical skills about felting with our producers
In the first days, a new felting technique and new design possibilities have been introduced as well as working on the second hand felting machine recently bought by the client (dutch model). In the following days, new designs have been developed in accordance with 2 designers and product buyers from California: production of large thin felt sheets. On request of the company’s operative manager, the felting machine has been tested to do thick carpet felt as well. The expert suggested sorting the many sacks of carded wool rest pieces into color groups, carding them on the existing large machine and processing them into products as “magic colors”.