WITH THE 70’S AND SOME
Say hello to Tree-Kånken
Tree-Kånken is a tribute to the very first Kånken, not only design-wise, with its handle straps sewn lengthwise down the front and the non-visible front pocket. But also because it too wants to help solve a problem. Just as the first Kånken tackled the growing problem with back pain among school children, Tree-Kånken is exploring alternatives to fossil-based materials.
From pine to weave
The main material and lining of Tree-Kånken is made in Pine Weave, a durable, hardwearing fabric developed from Swedish wood-based raw material. The coating is a customized combination of water-based polyurethane and wax which both enhances durability and water resistance. And also gives every Tree-Kånken a unique worn-in patina that develops over time.
Swedish wood chips
Wood is a renewable raw material that grows by naturally being fueled by sunlight and nutrition from the ground. It is high on the list of future alternatives to oil, a non-renewable fossil-based raw material.
The wood raw material is boiled into a pulp and dried into cellulose sheets. The sheets are then chemically dissolved in a closed system to create liquid cellulose - a sticky, viscous mixture.
The cellulose mixture is then pushed through spinnerets, and lyocell fibres emerge. The lyocell fibres are washed, dried, spun into yarn and then woven into fabric.
Many lyocell fabrics today fall short when it comes to durability and functionality due to the nature of the fibers. In creating Pine Weave however, we have comprehensively improved and modified the processes involved - from fibre to yarn to weave to fabric and coating – creating a fabric that lives up to the high standards that you can expect from any Fjällräven product.
How to Tree-Kånken
We all have our own personal ways of using the inside of our Kånkens, but with Tree-Kånken, we get to use the outside too. Oh the possibilities!