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Iris Hantverk

Iris hantverk has strong ties to the SRF (the visually impaired community) in Sweden. In the 19th century, Sweden evolved from an agricultural into an industrial society. In November of 1870, Dr. Axel Beskov founded the Manilla School, a workhouse for visually impaired craftsmen in Stockholm. In 1889, a group of visually impaired craftsmen founded a De Blindas Förening to encourage the otherwise much isolated visually impaired to actively participate in society through different social contexts and advocated for equal access to work that would enable self-sustainment. In 1902, DBF collectively purchased materials for brush binding and basket making, enabling visually impaired craftsmen to afford these supplies. In 1906, the property on Majorsgatan 12 was purchased and built to accommodate an office, library, brush binding factory, warehouse for raw materials, stores of raw material and a shop. These undertakings are the foundations of Iris Hantverk.

All brushes are of exclusive design and made primarily from natural materials. 14 employees currently staff Iris Hantverk. The core of their business is the brush binding factory, where 5 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition. Iris Hantverk also employs visually impaired craftsmen in Estonia. Since August 2012, Richard Sparrenhök and Sara Edhäll have run the company, both of whom are very proud to operate a company of such history and tradition.