15 Jun 2022

TOKYO - the beautiful city: Pattern exhibition 12.7. - 7.8.2022

EDO SARASA x Scandinavian Pattern Collection “TOKYO, the beautiful city”

Forssa museum / Gallery Moletti
Wahreninkatu 12, 30100 Forssa

Open: tue-fri 10-16, sat-sun 12-16
Free entrance

EDO SARASA is traditional craftwork of dyeing fabric conveyed from the Edo era (1603- 1868). SARASA, a cotton textile with colourful patterns, was supposedly originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. SARASA was born in India and went to Europe through Persia, spread to China in the west and Thailand in the south, and came to Japan through the "Silk Road of the ocean." With the growth of Edo/Tokyo, and the increase of the population, Edo/Tokyo became one of the major SARASA dyeing areas, to meet the demands of KIMONO textile.

 The biggest uniqueness of EDO SARASA is that special washi paper is used for stencil engraving. Paper is very delicate and easy to be damaged when a dye bush is rubbed on it, which is the reason why so many engraving stencil paper patterns are required. Colors are carefully overlaid on each pattern using dye brushes, requiring a lot of perseverance and techniques. This contributes to the three-dimensional feeling, characterized by the profound colors. EDO SARASA can be called as the elegance of dye technique.

In this way, EDO SARASA requires high skills and labor forces. Therefore, it is difficult to create innovative designs for EDO SARASA which will lead the market expansion. On the other hand, Scandinavian design is popular and recognized as a  symbolic of sophisticated design in the interior market. Our business, Scandinavian Pattern Collection (SPC) works with around 30 established Scandinavian designers. The aim is collaboration of product development between Scandinavian designers and Japanese manufacturers with various products and markets.

In this project, we collaborate with 10 selected SPC designers to create special patterns for EDO SARASA with the theme of “TOKYO, the beautiful city”. With these fabrics, we produce interior products as well as Japanese clothing KIMONO.

Scandinavian Pattern Collection is a joint project of Swedenstyle (Stockholm Sweden) and AND FIKA (TokyoJapan) established in 2014.

We work with market consulting and business planning/branding to support collaboration between Scandinavian designers and Japanese clients. We work with 31 established Scandinavian designers at the moment. The aim of Scandinavian Pattern Collection is to spread our idea of collaboration between Scandinavian pattern designs and Japanese manufacturers with various products and markets.

TOKYO - the beautiful city: Pattern exhibition 12.7. - 7.8.2022



Our permanent exhibition City of Colourful Cloth tells how Forssa evolved from a group of farming villages in the middle of the 19th century into a modern industrial city.

It tells how Axel Wahren founded Forssa and how “cotton angels” came to work in the factory. It tells about the time when the river through the city got blue, green or red, depending on the dyeing plant. It also tells about later days when rotating machines produced kilometres of colourful cloth, and when houses were made of concrete.

Opening hours

Mon closed
Tue-Fri 10-16
Sat 10-14 (summer season 12-16)
Sun 12-16



The Pattern Centre is home to our museum's collection of printed textiles. The space is divided into an exhibition space, museum shop, archive, and research facilities.

The new exhibition tells the story of Finnish textile printing, an industry that began in Forssa in the 1860s. Forssa maintained its status as a focal place of printmaking know-how and design, through the age of industrial textile printing in Finland, and continued onwards from the 1930s as an important part of Finlayson Co.

From the year 1951 onwards the Forssa design studio hosted textile designers and artists who created patterns of different colors and designs: stripes, polka dots, florals, abstracts, and everything in between, always getting inspired by the movements of art, popular culture, and design of their time. These printed fabrics dressed our nation, decorated our homes, and spread across the border to international markets.

Our permanent exhibition includes information, illustrations, and photographs of designers and their time as well as printed textiles, made into textile installations. These installations have been created to showcase different styles and decades of Finnish printed textile design. You can learn about color layering, color theory, and textile printing in our exhibition that invites you to touch, feel and try for yourself!

We are open, starting April 30th, 2022

Mon closed
Tue-Fri 10-16
Sat-Sun 12-16
(outside the summer season upon request during weekends)

Address: Wahreninkatu 13, 30100 Forssa


RONTTISMÄKI factory workers' house museum

Experience the living of local industrial workers and craftsmen in the 1880s in a complex of three wooden houses. The Workers House Museum is open during events in the summertime. All the events are free of charge. You can visit or book a tour outside the events by contacting the museum staff in advance by email or phone:

+358 3 4141 5101

Location: 2. Linja 5-7, Forssa



10.-29.1. Anne Vilkuna: Paintings, "Piece by piece"

31.1.–26.2. Veera Nivalainen: Sharing fruit and other intimate encounters.

28.2.-26.3. Outi Rämö: Paintings

28.3.–23.4. Jaana Saario: Paintings and frescos. 

25.4.-7.5.  Keramiikka-artesaanit, lopputyönäyttely. Forssan ammatti-instituutti. 

9.5.-21.5. Forssan lasten ja nuorten kuvataidekoulu, lopputyönäyttely.

23.5-18.6. Elisabeth San Miguel: Installations.

20.6.-16.7.  Työryhmä Pehmeä puoli ( Työryhmä  Heidi Hakkarainen, Sirpa Hannele Heinonen, Lotta Leka, Kirke Muhonen, Janne Raappana, Katariina Rantala, Kristiina Töyry, Leena Vainio, Hanna Valtokivi, Sanna Ristolainen, Marika Viskari ja Heli Väisänen. )

18.7.-13.8. Petra Kallio: Graphic art.

17.-20.8. Naomi Ito ja Anu Tuominen: Helminä 

22.8.-10.9.  Valokuvaaja Jussi Pohjakallion lehtikuvia (SK) 1950-luvulta.  Journalistic photographs.

12.9.-8.10Veera Inkeri: Installations

10.10-5.11. Pia Männikkö:  Installations

7.11.-3.12. Niina Hiltunen: Textile art.

4.12- 7.1.2024 Niko Saarinen: Drawings and sculptures.

The picture is form an art exhibition by Noora Ylipieti - Toisia palveleva rakkaus, 2019.



If interested, please send in your application including an exhibition plan, CV, photographs of your previous work or exhibitions, and your preferred time for the exhibition.

Application time for the year 2023 starts in April 2022

Exhibition times will be decided during the summer season. We will contact the artists chosen for the year 2023 during the summer of 2022.

Gallery space is approximately 80m2.

Rent for the exhibition space is 80 € for the first week + 40 € every week after that (includes VAT24%). The standard exhibition time is 4 weeks, but exceptions can be made.

For more information + sending in your application please contact us via phone or email:
+358 3 4141 5101

Mailing address:
Forssan museum
PL 62
30101 Forssa

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