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Hemp Textiles with a Nordic Edge

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 12, 2012 01:04 AM
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by Alexa last modified Dec 11, 2012

Hemp textile company Saana ja Olli was founded in 2008, but the (love) story started long before. Saana and Olli (the founders) met at a music festival in the woods of Oripää, Finland, and started dating and studying textile design together shortly after. When they retreated to a secluded cottage in Padasjoki, Southern Finland, they launched Saanja ja Olli . "During the week we spent in the forest by the lakes, we drew our first print design," says the couple. Sourcing organic hempuu (hemp fabric) from nearby European sources, Saana and Olli manufacture their textiles with transparency and proximity in mind. The printing is done in Aitoo (population 403) and sewing in Keikyä (population 2,862), two towns north of their main location in Turku. The couple live by their ethos: "In our works we value rectitude, timelessness, and human touch." A webshop is to come; in the meantime, contact Saana ja Olli for pricing and availability. Photography by Unto Rautio for Saana ja Olli. Above: The Tea Cozy from their latest Maailman Synty (meaning "Birth of the World") collection inspired by Finnish creation myths and wall rug traditions. Above: Tea Towels in black and white. Above: A folded white Table Mat. Above: The interior pillows are available in two different sizes: a 16-by-24-inch version and a 24-by-32-inch version. Above: Interior Pillows filled with ECOsoft filling are available in two different colored prints. Above: The black Oven Mitt and white Pot Holder are both filled with recycled textile fibers. Above: A Table Runner from the Yö Metsässä (meaning "Night in the Forest") collection. Above: The Table Mat in a pale blue print. Above: A bright blue print from the Yö Metsässä collection. Above: Fabric Containers for the kitchen measure 5 by 7 inches. Above: Two Yö Metsässä Tea Towels. Above: Olli and Saana in the Finnish forest. N.B.: Looking for more? Find 103 Kitchen Linens in our Shop section.






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