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.