There are few clothes made in Quebec! In addition, these are made of natural & ecological fibers. They are created in Abaka’s workshop in Shawinigan (Mauricie). Since 2002, the company has been designing “hand-made and small-scale eco-friendly clothing that stands out for the quality of the fabrics used while respecting high standards of clothing. ” This is how the company introduces itself and, after a visit, we confirm it’s the way to is. Great to see that!
The founder and director of Abaka shows us the steps of creating a hemp and organic cotton jacket from the autumn 2018 collection. Hemp fabrics are not (yet) made in Quebec : they are often produced in the United States from Asian fibers, the main source currently available. However, with the exploitation of fibers starting here, we could wear Quebec hemp-based fabrics in the future. – à Abaka.
It is rare to to read this kind of message! Abaka’s clothes are not only “designed” in Quebec, they are drawn and prepared at the workshop then sewn by seamstresses from the Shawinigan region who work from home. We are far from Asian sweatshops … – à Abaka.
In its beautiful store in downtown Shawinigan, Abaka offers lines for men, women, children and even corporate clothing. From boxers to dresses and leggings, the products are also available online (https://abaka.ca/) and offered at several outlets in Canada.
Proof of the great resistance of hemp: this sweater. 10 year old and still in good shape!
Part of the Abaka team, all dressed in hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, tencel (made from wood fiber) …