Barbara Hosak – History and vision
Barbara Hosak is the seventh generation of a textile family, with fabrics and rugs woven firmly into her genes. Her family has Czechoslovakian origin, from the region known as Bohemia, which in the 19th century developed into an industrial centre in the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
When Barbara’s father Hans Hosak was growing up, there were 80 textile factories on 80,000 inhabitants. The German-speaking Hosak family was driven out of the country after the Second World War but, thanks to Barbara’s grandfather’s textile and technical expertise, they were welcomed in Denmark. In addition, Hans’s complex textile knowledge resulted in him working in eleven different textile factories in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, before he started up Brokmatt Design over 40 years ago. In her youth, Barbara worked with and was very fascinated in textiles. She worked in the field of advertising in Germany for more than ten years before finally landing in Värnamo and starting to work with rugs.
”My vision, after a few years, was to establish a new brand that would represent quality and design. And that’s what happened! Kateha was founded in 1998 and I have consciously strived to be at the forefront with design, sustainability and quality. and with continuous development.” A work that has resulted in recognition and awards.
For Barbara, sustainability workign with natural materials and social responsibility are important when working with suppliers in countryside India. Creating job opportunities under favourable conditions. The company also has a commitment not only to put resources into the workplaces but also into the life outside of workplace, for example schools run together with Kateha’s Indian partner.
”I believe that a long-term, fruitful cooperation is created on the basis of good relations where ‘soft values’ matters.”