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Estonia’s Firm Ties to the Marimekko Brand

Their saturated, rich printed patterns are widespread. A symbol of dazzling 60s style, especially the Unikko poppy flower pattern and the scratchy urban-floral crossover of the Pieni Siirtolapuutarha pattern.

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Their saturated, rich printed patterns are widespread. A symbol of dazzling 60s style, especially the Unikko poppy flower pattern and the scratchy urban-floral crossover of the Pieni Siirtolapuutarha pattern.

They're on dresses, tea towels, handbags, aprons, oven mitts, pillow cases, sheets of fabric for sewing hobbyists, and more. You can find Marimekko's products sold by so many retailers, from brick-and-mortar (including The Finnish Place in Thornhill) to online stores. You might see “Designed in Finland” and the names of specific designers for each of their patterns, but throughout, “Made in Estonia” is often found on product tags.

Whereabouts in Estonia are these items made exactly? As of May 2020 there were 11 manufacturers and suppliers that made Marimekko products in Estonia. Most of these are around Tallinn, but there are suppliers in Rapla, Jõhvi, and Tartu as well.

The labour of 309 Estonians is enlisted as part of Marimekko's broader manufacturing workforce, working within the product ranges of home textiles, accessories, bags, and garments. Marimekko is open about where each manufacturer or supplier is located, providing details o...

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