Marimekko's Alku cotton fabric is adorned with a dotted pattern by Maija Louekari. Released in 2019, Alku (”the beginning”) and Eläköön elämä (”salute to life”) celebrate the 10th anniversary of two Marimekko classics, Maija Louekari’s Siirtolapuutarha collection and Sami Ruotsalainen’s Oiva tableware range. The Alku depicts the seeds of the flowers on the Eläköön elämä pattern.
Alku fabric, white - red
- 100% cotton
- White, red
- Printed cotton
- 147 cm (+/-3%)
- 62 cm
- This fabric is sold by the metre and comes in one continuous length. Add the number of metres required into the Quantity box.
- Care instructions
- Machine wash at 60°C
Finnish print designer Maija Louekari (b. 1982) is well-known especially for the textile prints designed for Marimekko. Louekari has studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and in 2003 she won a design competition organized jointly by her university and Marimekko. She has worked as a freelance designer for Marimekko ever since.
Louekari finds inspiration for her patterns from everyday life and the small things, people and sounds that surround her. Also different environments from urban metropolises to Finnish forests contribute to her work. Most of Louekari’s large, uniform patterns have been hand-drawn, and she also likes to experiment with different techniques such as paper cutting. Among her most important works are the Siirtolapuutarha and Räsymatto patterns, originally designed for Marimekko's Oiva tableware range in 2009.View all products