Woven wraps can be created with a number of different fabric blends.
Various wool blends
WEAVING STYLES & DESIGNS
Jacquard woven fabrics are manufactured by using the Jacquard attachment on the loom. This attachment provides versatility in designs and permits individual control of each of the warp yarns. Thus, fabrics of almost any type or complexity can be made. Brocade and damask are types of jacquard woven fabrics. Many of our designers weave Jacquard.
Twillis very popular amongst hand woven wraps along with Girasol. However, you will often find twills can hold a slight visual variation depending on the content of the fabric and the weight of the threads that have been used. You may also find beautiful diamond and herringbone weave patterns as well. Each woven artist and manufacture can be ever so slightly different.
Herringbone is variation on the twill weave construction in which the twill is reversed, or broken, at regular intervals, producing a zig-zag effect.
BLEMISHES VS. FLAWS
Because these long beautiful fabrics are woven, they can hold a number of superficial cosmetic blemishes and weaving inconsistencies. These will not affect the safety or wear ability for you and your baby.
You may or may not notice these inconsistencies immediately and when you do some folks are intimidated. Don't worry. We will walk you through what is normal and what isn't.
Normal blemishes can be small pulls (loop like appearances in the fabric), weaver knots, skipped or even doubled or thick threads AKA snubs and nubs. Often times you will find loose threads that appear broken on the rails of your wrap, by the seams. Most of the time you can give a slight tug and they will come out. Other times, simply clipping them ever so carefully is the best way to go. You may also find threads through the body of your wrap that appear broken, however, many times if you only see one end and not the "once connecting opposite thread" It can simply be a loose thread woven in or even the long tail of a knots that might be 2-6 inches down the wrap. We say unless it's loose, just leave them.
If you don't already have a blemish in your woven, you may certainly have some soon. Between rings, bags, toys, hang nails, "you name it." Anything and everything can snag your beautiful wrap and you may not even notice. You've got to understand that your woven is made from thin threads with hundreds of thousands of tiny loops and cross overs etc...Not to worry. We will later show you information on how to repair your woven, along with a small kit available for purchase.
Pulls can often be fixed and we hope to have a repair kit handy in the near future for purchase on our site, as well as videos explaining how to fix the pull yourself. Pulls can happen very easily with most wovens if they don’t already have one to begin with. Baby’s nails can be jaggy at times, bracelets and rings are often culprits of pulls, and many times zippers, purses, bags, Velcro, and washing machines are known to cause pulls.
Weavers’ knots can happen during the weaving process and are very common. Most are tucked inside the fabric, but can magically appear after trying on your woven for the first time. This may be from where a weft or thread change occurred or even a break during the threading process or a spool change. Think about how long your wrap is. That’s a lot of thread.
The weavers will carefully tie these knots and may or may not leave a bit of overage on the end. If you see a knot with overage, please feel free to clip it very carefully. Be sure to clip the overage only and not the area between the knot and woven itself.
Skipped threads, although a superficial blemish can be a very grey area. A small section may be still considered a 1st quality wrap. If the area is longer than 4 inches or very visible this may be a second quality wrap. Skipped threads can appear like a missing thread in your woven. They show a different colored thread due to you seeing the weft color only where the missing warp thread would have been. If your skipped thread area is on a tightly woven weave, you may not notice it as much and this can still be considered a 1st quality wrap. Often times after 1-2 washes the fabric can fluff up and you may even lose sight of where the area was to begin.
Snubs and nubs are thickening of the thread in specific area on your woven wrap. This is very common in silk, hemp, and linen blends and also, hand woven wraps in all cotton.
Very normal and not a flaw.
Girasol are the only wraps I have seen that carry many of these special characteristics all on one little wrap. They often show color shifting too. This is where an area on your wrap may have been creased for any length of time and potentially carry a light area with a “line like” appearance.
Girasols occasionally have broken threads randomly scattered throughout the woven, however, these specific wraps are so tightly woven, we have never had any complaints of further issues. What is not ok, is to have multiple broken threads all in one location. This can result in a hole over time, however, one broken thread standing alone, will not.
Sometimes you may find red, blue, green or white markings on your woven. These are “tailor chalk marks” that were made by the weaver that will come off after washing.
Also, commonly found with most woven wraps are loose threads that will fall to the ground after you’ve unfolded them. You may even find attached longer thread hanging from the seam on each end of your woven. These are fine to cut, jut be very careful while doing so.
The good news is none of these traits will affect the safety, comfort, or wear ability of your beautiful new woven wrap.
Holes. There should never be a hole, rips, or tears throughout your wrap. No exceptions
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