Marimekko Fabrics – How They’re Made

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Marimekko Fabrics
Take a glimpse at the fascinating process of creating Marimekko fabrics.

Fabric printing has been a core area of expertise at Marimekko from the very beginning and these skills are being developed continuously. The fabric printing works at Herttoniemi in Helsinki are a unique facility in terms of versatility and flexibility. In 2004, a new, state-of-the-art printing press was installed at the factory – a 12-color flat screen printing machine, including a rotary press, made by the Austrian company J. Zimmer Maschinenbau GmbH. Also, the stencil-making process was modernized with new digital equipment supplied by Lüscher AG of Switzerland. A new textile steamer and automatic color kitchen were installed at the factory in 2006. The refurbishments are part of a developmental project aimed at improving quality, making cost savings and increasing technical capabilities to facilitate product development.

Below are a collection of photos from the Marimekko printing works in Helsinki. (note: photos are not in any particular order).

*Update: take a look at how Marimekko fabrics were made.

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Pictured above are the Marimekko Unikko Green Fabric and Marimekko Kaiku Fabric. View more Marimekko Fabrics at our website.

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16 Responses

  1. Ansley

    04/18/2008, 04:00 pm

    Wow, how amazing to see these images. I have never seen a fabric printing factory before. Thank you!

  2. a print a day

    04/21/2008, 12:05 am

    that is absolutely amazing!

    i’m a designer myself, and i don’t often go to the factories to see the processes as they’re usually overseas. but it’s definitely awesome seeing photos of it!

  3. Finland - Haaga Helia

    04/23/2008, 10:24 am

    So Interesting, do you think I can contact you to have further information ??

  4. Andrea

    05/15/2008, 08:36 pm

    Thanks for posting this! it’s great to be able to see how some of my favorite fabrics are made…fascinating!

  5. Natalie

    05/16/2008, 02:24 am

    This is awesome! Thank you for the glimpse into a textile printing factory… this is something I’ve always wanted to get in to myself!

  6. monze

    05/16/2008, 03:14 am

    yes the making of the marimekko´s fabric is amazing, i recently had the chance to see the marimekkos work here in mexico in a museum i think that its awesome, and there i saw a video when they did this procces manually, they were amazing, they didnt need a machine to make their fabrics marimekko rules!!!

  7. mariandreaisabel

    05/17/2008, 07:21 am

    Wow This is wonderful, that dream!
    I love Marimekko fabrics, I cant imagined the backstage of `their productions, I do stamped on my house but in a very handmade process, I would like to work there! Greetings from a designer in Chile.

    (sorry my english)

  8. nancy perez

    06/01/2008, 01:23 am

    i knew marimekko by a friend, i visited Franz Mayer Museum because an exhibition of Marimekko was displayed in there.
    i absolutely love it. everything was really beautiful and amazing.
    i`m going to study fashion design and Marimekko only encouraged more my love for fashion.
    to see this photos it is to complete my knowledge about it.

    just a great blog! :)

  9. Phyllis Stoddart

    08/20/2008, 10:18 am

    I am looking for a video on the process of making fabric to show at a Quilter’s Guild meeting and would appreciate any info you can furnish me. Thank you!

  10. sandrar

    09/10/2009, 05:23 pm

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  11. kerstin

    08/17/2010, 11:48 pm

    hey there,
    How wonderful! As a designer, and being out of the industry for a while, i was transported back to my early days in a design studio, slap bang in the centre of a printing factory. Looking at your photos , I could literaly smell the inks and hear the machinery again.regards from South Africa.

  12. Fiaz Ahmad

    06/26/2014, 06:32 am

    Amazing i am related with textile industrie from 22 years
    i am a textile designer creation and design devolper
    i know that all process of engraving and latest engraving system
    inkjet , wax jet
    i am use photoshop , pixel studio and Rame set III for designing and seprations
    i want to do work with you

    best regards

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