The Canclini family pays maximum attention and passion in the implementation of cultural and educational projects.
The textile activity has always represented for people of all times a vehicle of their culture expression. In the ancient acts of weaving wefts and warps are hidden culture, ethos, fantasy, enthusiasm, optimism: many different ways to talk about man. Canclini took this to promote and support cultural initiatives in this industry because making a fabric is like entering a culture, a world of relationships, poetry and human creativity. Collecting ancient and modern artifacts is a concrete way for Canclini to keep this memory alive. Small and precious textile pieces from faraway cultures: iconographies, ancient artifacts consumed by time and evidence of an ancestral and poetic knowledge.
In 2019 Canclini has signed a partnership with Villa Carlotta. The project will be developed over three years and aims to present to the odience a selection of pieces from the Canclini Collection, pieces that highlight in a simple and evocative way the extraordinary versatility of fabric, part of everyone’s life.
In 2016, the exhibition “ESSERE E’ TESSERE. 100 fili d’artista dalla Collezione Canclini” presented pieces of modern and contemporary art, carefully selected from the wide and refined Canclini Collections, with international importance players- from Arman to Alighiero Boetti, from Chiristian Boltansky and Daniel Buren to Christo and Jean Claude, from Mario Della Vedova and Dorazio to Jannis Kounellis and Kimsooja, up to Maria Lai and Andy Warhol – in an evocative journey along the textile art evolution from the ancient times to our days.
In the Canclini Collection there are also many commissioned pieces, often created using materials supplied by the Canclini company or inspired by the weaving art, such as the work by Jannis Kounellis chosen then as the exhibition’s main picture.
The passion for fabrics is also applied from Canclini in several projects connected to fashion and design schools. In fact, Canclini has been collaborating for many years with IED and Marangoni institutes in Milan and with some English schools, such as Central Saint Martin’s: this collaboration allows students to express themselves and get the contact with a dynamic and pro-active company getting back the experience of new sources inspiration and feeding up new talented people.
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Through the partnership with circular.fashion, the company can actively participate in achieving the common goal of the circularity of the textile industry. Circular.fashion is an organization created with the aim of ensuring transparency and traceability of products throughout the entire textile production chain, from the producer to the final consumer. The Circularity.ID therefore allows the organization to identify textile products, approving them as suitable materials to support a circular recycling and Upcycling process. Thus, the potential of the organization is further oriented towards the connection between the producer and the future company for textile recycling. The Regenerated Canclini fabric has been analyzed and recognized as a sustainable fabric and suitable to be chosen as a weave or textile component in circular projects, being able to re-enter the production processes at the end of the use phase. In addition, with this choice, Canclini therefore has the possibility of facilitating the transparency of the production chain, allowing the customer and the final consumer to know the value of their product by means of the information document issued by the organization and which faithfully accompanies it.
OEKO-TEX: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is an independent international control and certification system for raw materials, semi-finished and finished products in the textile sector at every level of processing, as well as for the accessory materials used. Since 1992, the main purpose of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is the development of verification criteria, limit values and test methodologies on a scientific basis. Thanks to its ten-years experience, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® helps to ensure a high and effective product safety from the point of view of the consumer. The verification criteria and the limit values are far more demanding than the valid national and international parameters. In-depth product audits and periodic company audits also make it possible to sensitize the industry to the responsible use of chemicals in the long term and on a global scale. This concept has for many years played a dominant role in the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. The OEKO-TEX® controls of toxic substances are mainly designed considering the intended use of fabrics and materials. The more intense the contact of a product with the skin, the more sensitive it is, the more strict human-ecological requirements to be met. Canclini obtained OEKO-TEX® certification Product class II: articles used in contact with the skin (shirts, underwear, bed linen, t-shirts, socks, etc.)
The Better Cotton Initiative is an association created to make the global production of cotton better for the people who produce it, better for the environment in which it grows and for the future of the sector, developing Better Cotton as a main sustainable product. BCI is an association formed by producers, intermediaries and non-profit groups operating in USA, Pakistan, India, Brazil and Africa. This is an activity that involves 10 million people only in Africa; realizing projects directly with farmers and farmers has allowed to reduce the use of water and pesticides in percentages between 30 and 50. It is therefore a cooperation experiment along the production chain, from upstream to downstream, whose pivot it is the direct work with the peasants. “There are millions of farmers around the world who can significantly improve their cultivation processes,” says Lise Melvin, BCI executive director. “We want the exploitation of the land to be sustainable and to allow cotton growers to continue their activities in the future, at the same level as today”. The Cotton Growth and Innovation Fund makes strategic investments in Better Cotton projects, supports and invests in innovations, while promoting the adoption of the Better Cotton Standard System by governments, trade associations and other entities. Canclini has decided to adhere also to this philosophy that has as its motto: Be part of something better!
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is promoted internationally by the Textile Exchange , provides for the release of an environmental declaration verified by a third party that validates the content of natural fibers from organic agriculture in textile products (both intermediate and finished) and guarantees traceability along the entire production chain of raw materials, intermediate products and finished products. All textile products that are composed of at least 5% of certified organic natural fibers can be certified according to the OCS standard . The following aspects do not fall within the scope of OCS , therefore they are not subject to verification:
Quality requirements of the material
Safety features of the material
Environmental performance and impacts associated with production processes Social criteria .
The OCS standard applies to all textile manufacturing processes starting from gymnastics, followed by spinning, weaving and all subsequent ennobling processes.
Global Recycle Standard (GRS), certifies products obtained from recycled materials and manufacturing activities. It enhances products made with recycled materials, in compliance with environmental and social criteria extended to all stages of the production chain. Global Recycle Standard (GRS) is promoted by Textile Exchange, one of the most important no-profit organization that promotes international responsible and sustainable development in the textile industry. With this standard, Textile Exchange acknowledges the crucial importance of recycling for the growth of a sustainable production and consumption model; it aims to encourage the reduction of resource consumption (virgin raw materials, water and energy) and to increase the quality of recycled products.
GRS CANCLINI COTTON
The regenerated cotton yarn is produced with a low environmental impact: the water consumption is zero, and the photovoltaic plant that the company owns covers the energy consumption necessary to regenerate it. We want to interpret a new lifestyle and a new way of working and producing.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) refers to an international standard used for the certification of natural fibers and which includes ecological and social criteria. It consists of an independent certification system of the entire textile production chain. Canclini Bio fabrics are 100% organic certified according to GOTS standards and have the following characteristics:
The organic yarn purchased from certified GOTS producers.
The raw yarn is dyed in GOTS certified dyers, using chemical products in accordance with the regulations imposed by the GOTS standard.
The weaving and finishing phases take place in establishments that have obtained the GOTS certification, which machines are used for biological fabrics only, so that no contamination takes place.
In the transport phases, both the yarn and the biological fabric are insulated with a special packaging to avoid external contamination.
Before and after processing, the GOTS product is stored in appropriate areas for organic use.
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