The Kukamuka Pattern Collection

Kukamuka Pattern Collection is an extensive collection of timeless patterns by artist and designer Päivi Vähälä. Existing Kukamuka Catalogues include for example fashion, home textiles, and tableware. The patterns can be printed in any color combination.


”This pattern originates from my study times at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna in 1981 when I painted a series of artwork on paper which reminded of runes, rune writing. The aim was ’writing designs’ for fabrics but also creating individual pieces of art.”

Päivi Vähälä


“The Kukamuka FLIKKA pattern is based on the A Cappella artwork (2011) inspired by hieroglyph pictorial writing with symbols. The idea of ’writing a picture’ with my own basic symbolic elements arose intuitively in the process of painting.”

Päivi Vähälä


”The SOI pattern is a detail of the original artwork SOISOI, a small painting on paper from 2013. It has a playful character and is fabulous in several color combinations.”

Päivi Vähälä


”In 1996, I drew about 100 various round forms on cardboard, cut them out and painted orange. Then and in the long run these pieces have functioned as movable pattern design tools. Later on, I edited the forms further to other more edgy designs, for example.”

Päivi Vähälä