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Mmm Marimekko

What do you do on a rainy Saturday in Seattle? Grab your umbrella and go out.
At the Nordic Heritage Museum a show just opened: Marimekko with Love.

Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia, and it was Armi’s pioneering vision that shaped the company.  She believed in the power of design in everyday life. Her vision rocked the world.

Marimekko fabrics were designed by many people (Maija Isola, Vuokko Eskolin Nurmesniemi, Annika Rimala, Katsuji Wakisaka.)  The designers had different styles but they were consistently powerful. The patterns still feel fresh today.



One room contained a rainbow panorama of swatches.

Here are some of them close up:

The show included clothing with delightful details.

Armi Ratia was from Karelia in the north of Finland. The Kalevala is an epic poem based on the folklore of Karelia. A verse at the end of Rune 50, the Marjatta, fits the radiant Marimekko show.

Bring anew the harp of joy
Bring back the golden moonlight
Bring again the silver sunshine,
peace, and plenty
to the Northland.

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