ZIFFA, the Nubian giraffe
- Handmade in Portugal
- HxW: 50 x 40 cm
- 100% wool
- With every animal purchased Carapau donate 3% to wildlife conservation organisations
Handmade in burel, an artisanal fabric, so there may be minor variations in color and shape. Fabric made from 100% pure wool, traditionally used by shepherds from the top of the mountains, burel was born in the heart of Serra da Estrela and today is supported by the creativity of the best Portuguese designers.
The linen is hand-printed in-house with manual screen print. Their inks do not contain ozone-depleting chemicals such as CFCs and HCFCs, aromatic hydrocarbons, or any volatile solvents.
Burel is a traditional Portuguese artisanal fabric that is 100% wool. It is one of the most resistant fabrics in the world. It is a strong, tight, wear-resistant, water-repellent, and fire-retardant fabric. These characteristics come from the way in which it is made: the wool is washed, spun, and woven into a fabric. Then it is pounded and scalded with very hot water, making it more compact and resistant. Burel was originally created by the highland people to protect themselves from the rain, snow, and cold winds of the mountains used to make cloaks and other cloths, mainly workwear for farmers and shepherds. It is an eco-friendly product without harmful chemicals.
Hand wash with warm water
Carapau Portuguese products are created and designed by Rita Faria and Tiago Couto, two Portuguese graphic designers who decided to create a project in parallel with their graphic design studio. “More than a toy, they are an object of decoration,” explains Rita Faria. Hence they began by showing their work at international decoration fairs such as Maison et Objet (Paris), Ny Now (New York), and Top Drawer (London).
Designed and handmade with care in Portugal
Carapau Portuguese Products create handcrafted home products with high-quality and ecological traditional Portuguese raw materials which combine ancient erudition with a contemporary design. All products are handmade in their studio in Oporto, Portugal.
We care about wildlife
We are in the midst of a conservation crisis that is occurring around the globe resulting in the catastrophic loss of countless species and the accelerated destruction of wild landscapes.
The more we learned, the more we were inspired to do something about it. We believe social businesses can help change the world.
We decided to make a commitment to help wildlife conservation. With every Carapau animal purchase, we donate 3% to wildlife conservation organisations.