Marimekko’s Ostjakki hand towel is adorned with a graphic print designed by Fujiwo Ishimoto in 1983. The designer drew inspiration for the two-coloured chequered pattern from the Finno-Ugric peoples as well as textiles dyed using the traditional ikat technique. The simple grid print is fortified by the bold colour scheme and the asymmetrical borders of the cheques. The Ostjakki towel is made of soft and absorbent cotton terry.
Material: 100% cotton
Colour: Dark blue, Off white
Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm
Fujiwo Ishimoto (b. 1941) is a Japanese-born textile and ceramic designer. Fujiwo Ishimoto joined Marimekko on a permanent basis in 1974. He had previously worked for four years in various capacities for the Décembre company, which was involved in the design and production of Marimekko’s canvas bags, among other products. In Tokyo, Fujiwo Ishimoto had seen fabrics designed by Maija Isola in the 1960s, and he was so impressed by them that he decided to travel to Finland to find out what Marimekko and Finnish design was all about. Among the others, he has designed for Marimekko the Ujo towel collection, a classic of Marimekko’s terrycloth line. As a ceramic designer, Fujiwo Ishimoto has created unique ceramics art works in the Arabia Art Department since 1989. That same year he received Arabia Cultural Foundation’s scholarship.