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Parachute Porto - Portuguese INTV

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I'm Paulo Lima, I belong to the third generation of a family within the textile industry. I'm Paulo Lima and I belong to the third generation of this company, a textile company with almost seventy years. Well, this is where all began. This is my granparents house. This is where they have installed their first machines, around 1930 and later on 1948, when they officilay constituted a company. But it was around all this that everything was born, as it was the usual thing during that period of time. The factory was founded in 1948 by my granfather, altogether with his family, which where the first employees, and on 1948 he hired a person not from the family. The factory was founded in 1948 by my grandfather, together with his family: his wife and kids. At this point, they hired a new employee, which was the first personout of the family to work for the company and then everthing began. At first it was just the family, together with this person. At the beginning it was essencialy the family that helped, together with, the help from this outsider, that was the first non-family member. The first product to be produced was the canvas which was used by nearby local craft shops and would evolve and offer to their clients a manufactured product. The factory grew a lot and the bigger growth was on 1960, where there was a need to expand in multiple areas, namely the finishing area, threading later on at the end of 1960, and production. It allowed to offer a better quality product to the final client. Since the beginning linen was always related to Lameirinho from the start. It is a product with a lot of tradition here in Portugal be it on the Viana handkerchiefs, ebroided by hand, or, not far from here at the Guimarães zone, Lixa, which also uses hand embroided products. That is why linen is related with the foundation of this company. With the percale and the satin the proccess was more complex. That obliged Lameirinho, during 1990, to invest on new machinery, a new threading area which permited the prodution of new products, a lot more complex and more delicate. It was truly a very big investment, more than 100 milion Euros were invested on in 1990, which allowed Lameirinho to take a bigger step towards new ventures. Our company started to produce satin and percale during 1990. It was a complex process because we have to adpat the procution to a more elaborated product, with more sophistication and harder to get. It was a slow process and it took a lot of investment and a complete refomulation of the factory, more than 100 million euros invested in 1990, which allowed us to adpat our machinery to a more complex product. We began producing satin and percale in 1990. It was a slower process, a very complicated one, since there was the need to readapt the whole company to a new set of machinery which were at that point., state of the art, the newest technology available, which allowed us to work with much more sophisticated references, higher buildings, and it was a fundamental and important step for us. Parallel to that, another factor which helped us, was the support from a big amount of investment. It was more than 100 million Euros invested in one decade alone, which allowed us to equip a whole new area of the company, which was not approached by us. My family was intimately connected to the company. I belong to the third generation, my parents are connected to the textile tradition families, since we were born the textile subject is a family one for us. Right at this moment we area working here, me and my brothers, and my father is still the president of the Administration Board, and me and my brothers are also part of the Administration Board. All the family lives nearby this region. By the way, I can say we live and have always lived on a 10 km radius os this region. Almost all my family is from around this region, within a short reach, of around 10 km. By coincidence, either from my mother's or my father's side, we live all very close. My father started to work since a very young age. My grandfather, as mentioned before, founded this company and my father started working at the company from a very young age, together with his brothers. That is why everybody was so intimately close and pursued studies within the textile area. Right now working at the company, we have my brothers and my father beloging to the family. I have two children a boy a nd a girl. I would be very happy if they worked here, but above all, it will be their choice and specially if they would like to continue with the family business. Right now I'm completely in love with what I do, although my professional background was not related to the textile industry at first. I have a degree in Architecture, on one of the best Architecture schools in the world. But while in 1990 given some changes that underwent at the company, my brothers and I decided to come and help my father with ann impossible task, which I think we achieved. I still manage to do a little of what I like, part-time, but I feel completely accomplished today considering what I am doing, which is maintaining this family business we are so proud of. I am Helena, and I have been working at this company for 46 years now. I work on the comercial area. My name is Helena Castro. I have been working here for 46 years at the comercial area. I work here because I feel cherished by the company. It is a company where I love to work. It is a company that is in constant evolution and it is always investing in order to achieve its main goals. I have three brothers working here in different comercial areas. I have two sisters and a brother working here in different areas of the company. My name is Alexandra Oliveira, I am responsible for the production, subcontracting and cutting and have been working here for the past 12 years. Nine at the production area. As mentioned before, I have been working at the production for nine years. My favourite is the one I think is the prettier aesthetically within the product, wich are the picota and overlock. The overlock is one of the techinques used at Parachute. Besides ovelock there is the simple stitch, cutting, sewing and fixing the button. Basically those are the techniques used at Parachute. There is no hand-sewed product at Parachute. We have some manual labour like placing the packing labels. The sewing per-se is not manual. The cutting is manual. All the linen is manually cutted. We have a higher cutting quality then the ones performed by the four machines where a car perform the extension of the fabric. We take in account the higher quality demanded for linen, so we cut it manually. The Parachute is a rigorous, quality product, and that is why we dacided to cut the Parachute product manually. Given the exigency level of the Parachute client, the main process defined fo this product demands manual cutting. Therefore, from the beginning of the procees, manual cutting is implied. In regards of the Parachute, the production process is mostly automated. We use the machinery and if we don't have them we use other equipment in order to improve the quality. In relation to manual sewing there is no such operation. We do make the packing, which is labeling the package with Parachute brand in fabric. At the Parachute proccess the machinery operations are standard in regards of production techniques... The usual process to fabricate a product for the client is done by a machine. In regards of the Parachute Client a series of operations during the process will be performed manually, like cutting, labeling with the Parachute brand logo on the finishing string. The packing is manual given the high exigency level of the Parachute product. I haven't noticed what they meant by this... The Parachute pillows and how they are fabricated? It is just a pillow that we consider very simple, its just a little more... The hardest thing is a special care considering the quality of the pillow. In terms of prodction technique, we make the hem, both hems, and then we place the Parachute log, which identifies and then we cut and sew to close. Therefore, there are basically to machine operations. The enveloping part, where we close the back of the pillow. The duvet is a product we manufacture since way back with Parachute, and it is also a high quality product made with a lot of work. All the fabric is strictly inspected before entering the machine. After pading, it goes through cuting and sewing, where both fabrics are sewed together, considering that the top one is linen and the bottom one percale. After cutting and sewing it to close we insert the piping, where the corners are ornated with the english hem, to look perfect that being a signature of the Parachute duvets. After ready the duvet is sent to be dyed with the Parachute colors. There is a separation, an additional task at the separation process, same as in the beginning in regards of an aditional inspection to search for flaws and dyeing defects that might come up. Everything is diligently inspected before going to the packing step. Therefore, it is a very simple process for us. It takes some time, given the steps and diligence while dyeing the product. My name is Alexandra Oliveira. And I have been here since 2005, 12 years ago. Nine at the production area. I was here before, but was responsible for the cutting area and then became responsible for cutting, production and subcontracting. It is a big company. I like to work here, like all this other people, and it is a company were every day something is different, everybody is different and the team is fantastic. The environment, the team... So I hope I can produce Parachute for many years, so I can be here. What I like the most is definitely the production, the cut and the production because we can see the finished product. The same at the production part, my favourite part is when I see the packed product. When we see the packed product there is a different feeling to the whole process. the weaving is canvas, finishing is fabric, it is not a manufactured product, a product that goes to the final client. The transformation is what I like the most at production level. My name is Paulo Sarrico, I have been working here for 16 years and I am the Industral Director at this company. The OEKO-TEX is an international certification which intend to ensure, at the end that all our products are free from harmful substances. That is why in all our processes, we choose products that are fit with this type of characteristic. The OEKO-TEX is a international certification aiming to guarantee, at the end a product like the ones manufacutared by Parachute, free from any substances harmful to your health. We we are talking about cotton, there are many varieties of it. The Egyptian cotton, for an instance is a cotton with a higher lenght of the fiber and since we have an alongated fiber, the line that is produced with this given fiber is of better quality. The difference between percale and satin is related to the drawing drafts we make at the weaving area. The fabrication process is similar. However the way we cross the lines of the weave and woof is different. With satin, the way we cross the lines, make them more exposed than the woof lines, which results in a product with a refined touch and glare. The thread counts are related with the number of lines that we want on the fabric by square inch. The thread counts are related with the number of lines we shall have on the fabric, in one square inch. Usually, with more lines, we have better quality, because in order to have more lines, they must be thiner. However our production process, sometimes, with less lines thanks to our finishing style, we are able to have a product with similar high quality. We should also mention that having many lines is not synonym of quality, because the fabric will be heavy and with a less balanced assemblage. We produce the product and prepare the webs for Parachute. After preparing the webs we select on wich weaves they will be inserted and then the weaving starts. After proper weaving and inspection the product is sent to be finished, and there is where we make the whole preparation, dyeing and the finishing per-se. After that, the product will undergo a new quality inspection, then cutting and after that, production. After production we inspect 100% of the product, which is packed and put into boxes to be delivered to the client. We manufacture products for Parachute. Starting with the preparation of the webs. After the webs are ready, we send the product to the weaving area. After being weaved the product is inspected, where 100% of it is revised. Then we move forward to the finishing part, where we prepare and dye and later on finish it, where we once again perform an inspection control. Then we send it to the cutting area. Following by the production and another 100% inspection. We then place the products into boxes which are delivered to the warehouse and then sent to Parachute. We have an amazing team working team, fantastic clientes, like Parachute and every day we have new situations within our process. This is one of the big challenges we have and that's why is so fantastic to work on such a company. Working for this company is a constant challenge. We like being always ahead of the market by the means of inovation, via contact with institutions like technological centers, the university and we give a lot of emphasis on quality, and in what we consider to be a great product, so the clients of our clientes can be completely satisfied. I am Isabel Fernandes, director of the Alberto-Sampaio Museum, of Paço dos Duques de Bragança and the Guimarães Castle. We are in Guimarães, a city considered one of the world cultural heritage sites, a very ancinet city founded around the X century I think is also important to state that it was founded by a woman, the Countess Mumadona Dias. Here she build her castle She built a monastery and for its protection built a castle. It was around the monastery and the castle, over centuries that Guimarães evolved. Isabel Maria Fernandes, director of the Alberto Sampaio Museum, of Paço dos Duques de Bragança and Guimaraes Castle. My name is Isabel Maria Fernandes and I am director of the Museum Alberto Sampaio, of Paço dos Duques de Bragança and the Guimaraes Castle. The textile industry in Portugal started like everywhere else int he world, since there have been people, there is de need for clothing. If we are in a land like here in Portugal, where posses rivers, and fields around them, we can produce linen. We have hills for the sheeps from which we produce wool. And from linen and wool we produced over the centuries the textile articles from Portugal and more precisely Guimarães. The textile, talking about Guimarães the textile in Guimarães. We have references from the XII century for the same reasons why I have highlighted Portugal. We have rivers, water resources and linen production. We have hills for the sheeps and the wool. And another advantage is that we are in between two major cities, those being Braga and Porto, and on the way to Trás-os-Montes. That allowed our textiles products to reach other places earlier, all outside Guimarães. On the other hand, the same paths allowed textile products from outside to come. We hade here in medieval times textile products from Spain, textile products from the English, French and from Belgium. those products from outside in a way permited the locals to learn new models and gave them ideas to improve theirs. That is also important today, because when the first big industries started to appear, they needed two fundamental things: they needed water, because with water they could create energy and on the other hand they needed the labour and it was easier to find that here than on big cities like Porto. So, for over the centuries Guimarães had alwasy a huge role on the textile production. Do we have records pointing out the importance of what we can call today the textile home and of clothing industry here in Guimarães? We have very important record that date back to the XVI century. We have this type of documents at Lisboa and and other cities, mas in fact, Guimarães have a se of documents which in Portuguese we call regiments, with professions, of those that were working in Guimarães, and the same roles that were being performed in Lisboa and other Portugese cities, and what was produced. We have the linen and bed-linen was made out of it, they use to make towels, baptizing towels, face towels, handkerchiefs. the handkerchief is dated since the XVI century. And we also have the name of countless clothing products that were made in Guimarães and were taken to different parts of the country and probably also abroad. When the production of shets started in Guimarães? We are not sure. The only certainty is that at the XVI century we have references of fabric production and this same fabric, would surely also be used for sheets. Therefore, we can say that at least, from the XVI century until today Guimarães still is a big home for the textile industry.

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Parachute Porto - Portuguese INTV

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