The heart of Marimekko lies within its very own textile printing factory in Helsinki, Finland where bold colours and prints come to life. The art of printmaking takes on a couple different forms. It starts off with a designer who translates their visions into sketches. Where they create and add their own inspirations into patterns, whether it is hand drawn, photographs, digital paintings, paper cuts, or dried plants. From there, Marimekko's in-house artwork studio prepares different color schemes to create the perfect tones and transforms the designer's sketch into a repeat pattern.
The actual printing uses a combination of two different techniques of rotary and flat screening printing and then checked by human eyes. The fabrics are first printed and then steamed at 100 degrees Celsius for dyes to set in. Once the colors are fixed, the fabrics are washed and placed into a drying process. After drying, the fabric is finished with the Marimekko logo.
Today, Marimekko is the leading textile company producing more than one million meters of fabric in their factory each year. Known for their famous iconic prints like the Kivet (stones), Unikko (poppy), and Kaivo (well) prints, Marimekko continues to bring timeless distinctive designs to everyday life. Their designs and prints are now seen and admired on dinnerware, clothing, bags, and other interior décor.