Metsovaara is at the forefront in printmaking since its close collaboration with Tampella Oy in 1962 and the invention of the famed Lappi-satin cotton fabric. This fabric was conceived by Marjatta Metsovaara and was woven at Tampella’s weaving department in Lapinniemi, Tampere. From there the name Lappi-satin, which is quite often mistranslated as ‘Lapland satin’. This satin was the ideal fabric for taking in reactive dyes and got further improved in 1966 when the reactive dyeing technique came at its best. The fabric is also extremely strong with a wearing test value of 27.500 Martindale and with its silky touch a formidable concept as a multi-purpose fabric. The artistic values of the print designs of Marjatta Metsovaara as cotton satin, but also as cotton canvas, half linen, and linen prints can nowadays only be produced the right way in Finland.
All Metsovaara cotton prints today are high-end reactive prints. Only the very best cotton fabrics that are woven in Germany are used as the base cloth. These are washed before printing. The fabrics are always washed and steamed after printing, all in clean Finnish water. The last wash goes from 95 °C to 100 °C and wet steaming goes right after the last wash. This guarantees a lifelong lasting of the vivid colors. The reactive dyes are non-toxic. All our cotton fabrics are certified according to the STANDARD 100 by OEKOTEX®, meeting the requirements of product class 1 – the highest classification, suitable for baby and toddler articles. The certificate guarantees that the fabrics are free of harmful chemicals. It is our duty to redesign in improved width with repeat and reproduce the extraordinary creations of Marjatta Metsovaara for your joy.