“The inspiration for Turkana came from a spectacular view in northern Kenya. Turkana is a beautiful lake in the midst of a desert, and it’s much loved by birds.”
—Mari Martikainen and Minna Impiö, the designers of Mifuko
An Ecological Choice —
Crafted from PET material from recycled bottles, Turkana is a truly ecological choice. Using already existing materials such as recycled bottles uses up less resources and also saves water.
As a material PET is known to be strong and lightweight material that is 100% recyclable.
Mifuko is a Fair Trade design company whose products, traditional Kiondo-baskets are handmade ethically in Kenya. Mifuko was founded by two designer-friends, Mari Martikainen and Minna Impiö with the idea of sustaining traditional handicraft skills. Today, they bring employment to 600 women in rural Kenya.
See more of their work here.
Soft and versatile —
Being made from recycled bottles aka plastic, the feel of Turkana is a little surprising: the rug is super soft, almost like it’s made from wool – a lovely feel under your toes.
Yet the material is 95 % PET, Turkana can be placed also on wet spaces and outdoors. You’ll only need to take care of there won’t stand still any excess water.
Mifuko’s Designs —
The rugs designed by the Finnish Fair Trade company Mifuko combine Finnish design and aesthethics to colors of Africa.
Besides Turkana, Mifuko has designed two kelim rugs for us: Mombasa and Nakuru.