At Marüshka we transform original designs into wearable art using the craft of Hand Screen Printing. Many of our designs are from our archive of hand cut films that we used to create wall art 30-40 years ago. Each garment or product is printed by hand using a squeegee to press an environmentally friendly water based ink through a screen / stencil. We were, and still are, a user of water based ink which gives our printing a soft comfortable vintage feel.
Marüshka was founded in 1971 by Richard Sweet, who left teaching High School art to follow his dreams of designing and hand printing framed fabric wall art. Richard’s classic designs depicted the landscape, plants, and wildlife found along waterways and shorelines. In 1974 Randy Smith, who was a former student of Richard’s, joined him as a screen printer. Randy became the company’s first salesman, driving to Florida, living and selling out of his station wagon. The hand silk screened designs quickly drew a national and international following. Marüshka also hand printed custom fabric for the contract furniture industry. The company currently maintains an archive of over 3000 original designs. The original Marüshka prints with their simple, clean designs are currently experiencing a rebirth of popularity as collectibles. In 1985 Richard and Randy, using the same techniques, began producing apparel and accessories under the name Michigan Rag Company. Sold in retail outlets throughout North America, Michigan Rag products appeal to a broad range of ages. “Clothing with a sense of humor” is how Randy describes the designs. The 40+ year old company still continues Marüshka’s commitment to designing and hand printing all the clothing and accessories it produces.
We are a small, but mighty force of unique individuals passionate about the hand-print process and the products we create. Some of us have been at it since the company’s beginning and some of us are not quite that old but all of us are committed to delighting you with our quality products and outstanding customer service.
Adjusting to changes in market demand, Richard Sweet partnered with Randy Smith to start Michigan Rag Company, which produced an extensive line of silk screened apparel and accessories. Although the last Marüshka art prints were produced in 1989, they are now sought after collectibles. The popularity of the retro prints inspired the iconic Marüshka brand’s rebirth and the preservation of the hand screen printed craft.