The Marimekko Silkkikuikka tote bag features a varied, undulating pattern designed in 1961 by the one and only Maija Isola. The legendary print designer had a habit of spending her evenings at Marimekko’s print house, listening to music and letting the rhythm guide her painting – sometimes those evenings turned into nights. Silkkikuikka is one of the designs created on such a night, painted in sweeping brushstrokes with a large brush.

The tote bag is made of unbleached cotton and printed in Helsinki using an indigo-blue plant-based dye extracted from the leaves of Finnish woad plants. It is characteristic for natural indigo to lighten beautifully in time, so the more you use and wash the bag, the more its hue will change – each bag will eventually have a unique story to tell! The bag should be stored away from direct light, avoiding contact with chemicals like perfumes and hairspray.

Please note that Marimekko’s tote bags are sewn using the entire length of the fabric, which means that the pattern placement may differ from pictured.

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Silkkikuikka bag, cotton - indigo



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100 % cotton
Cotton, indigo
44 cm
43 cm
Care instructions
Machine wash at 40°C. The color may fade. Avoid direct sunlight.

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Maija Isola

Maija Isola (1927–2001) is probably Marimekko’s most famous designer. The Finnish artist designed her first printed textiles in 1949 for Printex Oy, Marimekko’s predecessor. She worked as head designer of Marimekko’s interior fabrics until 1987. She also had an illustrious career as a visual artist.

Maija Isola was a tremendously versatile and bold artist. She interpreted the events of her era from her own unique perspective and foresaw future trends. Her body of work includes over 500 prints – a brilliant selection of patterns representing different themes and techniques. She drew inspiration from traditional folk art, modern visual art, nature and her countless trips around the world. In the 1980s, she began designing fabrics with her daughter, Kristina. Together they produced fresh floral fabrics, bold abstract patterns and ornamental designs that became Marimekko staples. When Maija passed away in 2001, Kristina carried on her mother’s tradition, producing new color waves of Maija’s classic designs.

Maija Isola’s most well-known pattern is the flowery Unikko. The Unikko pattern came about in 1964 after Armi Ratia, the founder of Marimekko, had announced in public that no floral fabrics are designed at Marimekko. Maija Isola did not accept rules or restrictions and designed in protest a complete collection of bold floral patterns: Unikko, a Finnish word that means poppy. Today, Unikko is probably more popular than ever, and an innumerable amount of different Unikko pattern products is available. The range of available colours is also very large.

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