The Marimekko Silkkikuikka fabric 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 heavyweight fabric 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 textiles sewn from the fabric, the more their hue will change – each textile will eventually have a unique story to tell! The fabric should be stored away from direct light, avoiding contact with chemicals like perfumes and hairspray.