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Britspun Cottons: Made in Great Britain

Here at Oscha Slings, we always strive to produce our woven baby wraps with the highest quality materials, ethically sourced from as close to home as possible. That is why we were so pleased to discover English Fine Cottons, a company bringing cotton spinning back to its spiritual home in the North of England.
Briarwood Night Garden woven baby carrier sling made in Scotland with Supima cotton by Oscha Slings

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Just a couple of hundred miles from our Scottish workshop English Fine Cottons are based in Manchester, formerly dubbed ‘Cottonopolis’, spinning their high-quality cotton within a historic Victorian cotton mill.

General Manager, Andy Ogden says:

“When we first acquired Tower Mill back in 2013, it was sadly very run down and we knew we had an enormous task ahead of us to make it fit for purpose.
Restoration work is still on-going but the mill is thriving and is now home to the most modern cotton production machinery in the world.
We’re really proud that we have achieved our goal of re-establishing cotton spinning in the UK and the fact we’ve managed to revive an important part of the indsutry’s heritage in the process.”

Made in Great Britain, the manchester home of English fine cottons

Tower Mill, the Manchester home of English Fine Cottons.

English Fine Cottons only buy cotton directly from their growers, avoiding buying from agents to be certain of traceability. They are passionate about getting to know their suppliers, traveling to North America, India and Barbados to inspect the farms where the cotton is grown to ensure our products are not compromised.

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Blend Review: Tencel Warp

Before we ran our black Tencel warp, we had a number of Prototype baby wraps woven and sent them out for extensive testing with Oscha customers.

We had no idea what to expect from this new warp but the overwhelming feedback from our testers was that it made for a strong, supportive and soft wrap, great from newborn to about 2 years old, depending on the weft used.

Tencel is an eco-friendly yarn, stronger and softer than most cotton. Composed of tiny fibers which are great at absorbing moisture, this a soft, breathable fabric which is not prone to wrinkling. Tencel uses less water and land than cotton in its production and doesn’t collect as much odour or bacteria as other fabrics meaning it needs to be washed less.

Read on for a selection of customer reviews for our Tencel warp prototypes.

Willow Midnight, 53% Tencel, 47% lambswool

Shop Tencel items here.

Wrap Name: Nano Lavender, 58% tencel, 42% hemp

Soft Touch Finished: Yes

Wrappee Age(s): 10 months

Which carries worked well & which didn’t?:
We tried a FWCC, a reinforced kangaroo and a ruck tied Tibetan. The ruck was amazing, its by far the highest I’ve ever got Bailey, it held incredibly well and tightened easily, there wasn’t quite enough length for me to do the FWCC so it was difficult to tie off but it was easy to tighten the passes, the kangeroo was rock solid too, the grip of the pattern combined with the strength of the hemp make this pretty much unbreakable! I didn’t get chance to try with the toddler but it seemed very toddler worthy!

Unique Qualities:

What makes this blend special?

The silky feel was really unique, hemp always feels quite rough and sturdy, but this was like the feel of wild silk with hemp underneath for strength, when I stroked Bailey in the wrap it was so smooth to touch but it was rock solid.

This wrap would be best for …

6m- toddlers

Anything extra you would like to add?

Compared to a normal hemp blend this adds a new dimension of softness with a nice shiney silky finish.

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Meet the Team: Evonne, Textile Designer

Oscha designer, Evonne, answers your questions about working at Oscha HQ, designing the woven fabrics for our gorgeous baby carriers. These questions were kindly submitted by members of Clan Oscha, our Facebook community.
How does one become an Oscha designer?

Well, I have a degree in Printed Textiles (- not weave like you may imagine!) and Laura, our design assistant, has a degree in Digital Media – so a pretty diverse mix. You need a combination of hand drawing skills, an eye for pattern, repeat making skills and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator know how.

How do you handle having such an awesome job?

I haven’t, it’s all gone to my head.

Do you work alone on the patterns or in teams?

Both, sometimes someone else will have drawn something and I’ll put it into repeat and get it ready for weave – other times I’ll work on something from start to finish on my own.

Who do you design in mind? Parents? Babies? Trends?

I do research trends at the beginning of each collection, however, I’m very selective with which trends I choose to work with. Oscha’s should be timeless, it’s not fast fashion – these wraps are worn for years and often are converted into other items or kept to pass on to the wearer’s children when they are old enough. I usually think of the sling as being an accessory for the wearer.

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Sketchbook: Prism Collection

Inspired by the rainbow colours of refracted light, this Collection embraces the vibrant tones of springtime with brilliant, colour-filled baby wraps

Featuring our new Prism warp this Collection brings us out of the dark winter months, into the fun and colour of springtime. The bright spectrum of colours, which emerge from prisms as white light turns into a wild burst of colour, holds limitless fascination. It can’t help but draw a smile & it was this sense of simple enjoyment we wanted to capture in this new Collection of woven baby slings & carriers.

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Classics Collection from Oscha Slings

The Classics Collection is a selection of Oscha favourite, original patterns woven in ideal colourways, all of which may be created time and again. This new Collection combines some of our older ‘in-stock’ items and features fitting, gorgeous additions to the range.

Most of the fabrics we weave are designed to be one-offs, available for a limited time, never to be woven again. However, we know that this doesn’t suit everyone which is why we like to have a broad range of our fabrics available to shop year-round: the Classics Collection.

This bespoke selection combines our unique patterns with apt colourways, for a Collection which means the best of Oscha will be available for you to visit time and time again.

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Baby Wraps: Navigating the Learning Curve

Learning to wrap is a tricky but wonderfully rewarding experience, Green Child Magazine & Oscha have collaborated to offer some top tips for those getting started with baby wraps.
Learn to use your woven wrap with Oscha Slings

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Featuring advice from our wonderful customers, this is a great resource for people who want start their wrapping journey.

Read more over at Green Child Magazine.

Want to know more about baby wraps? Visit our site for more information.

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Sketchbook: Introducing our Bordeaux Wool Warp

We love wool for all seasons, but this yarn’s association with the winter season and all the cosy, snuggly times that brings meant we couldn’t see out February without bringing you a gorgeous new wool warp.
Stylish ethical woven baby slings

Zorro Paris Baby Wrap

Woven in a stunning deep red this luxurious wool warp brings a rich, decadent feel to our releases this February. Deep warm tones are the perfect addition to any wintertime collection, bringing a feeling of cosiness and comfort to the chilly days, and reminding us that the blossoms of spring are just around the corner.

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Top 10 Reasons To Use A Sling This Christmas

The holidays are upon us! Soon, the sights and sounds of the season will fill our hearts and homes. Excitement is in the air as we prepare to attend and host holiday events. Calendars are filling with family dinners, office parties and evenings out with friends. Oscha model, Jenna, takes a look at how a woven wrap can help during the busy festive period.

Enjoy Christmas Together with Scottish made woven baby slings from Oscha

Woven wraps are a wonderful addition to any holiday celebration. They allow us to keep our little ones close and comforted during the hustle and bustle at a time when schedules are off and excitement is high while providing a beautiful festive touch to our holiday looks. Read on for my top 10 reasons to use a sling this Christmas …

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Fabric Characteristics: Unique Features of Your Woven Wrap

Each woven product has its own unique character, from nubs and slubs to wonderfully flecked wild silk, the varied nature of yarns bring a distinctive look and feel to your woven wrap.
Sometimes these natural imperfections are incorrectly categorised as flaws, this article will illuminate and explain some of the distinctive characteristics of our favourite yarns.

Please note: all of our wraps are individually checked for quality before leaving our workshop and none of the Fabric Characteristics mentioned here will affect the integrity of your sling.

For more information on 2nd- & 3rd-grade items visit this article on our Woven Seconds.

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Sketchbook: Introducing Briarwood

Our After Dark Collection continues with a gorgeous new Arts and Crafts inspired design: Briarwood. We looked to the Victorian masters of textile & interior design for the inspiration behind our newest pattern – delicate tendrils weave across the width of this wrap as little floral motifs and small birds form a stunning mirrored wrap.

Briarwood Night Garden, part of the After Dark Collection

The Arts and Crafts movement, popular in the Late Victorian and Early Edwardian periods, developed in Britain before spreading across Europe & the rest of the world. Famed for its focus on the natural world and folklore – the themes of the Arts & Crafts movement seem to sit perfectly within our After Dark Collection.

A focus on hand production, quality materials and functionality, were at the heart of this movement. The artists believed that the function of the decorated object should first be perfected before turning to the design – a perfect source of inspiration, then, for our woven wraps!

Textile and wallpaper designer William Morris was an inspiration for Oscha designer, Evonne. Morris’ focus on the natural world, with twisting, turning vines and leaves interspersed with British wildlife formed the central concept for our fluid design.

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort – John Ruskin

Briarwood Night Garden

Featuring gorgeous intertwining vines which are scattered with little blossoms & sweet birds, Briarwood Night Garden is woven in a hybrid weave. Our navy warp forming the backdrop for shimmery golden hemp & bright emerald Britspun Supima cotton.

Strong and supportive this stunning wrap will need a little love to break in fully, before becoming super soft and mouldable.

The After Dark Collection continues over the next few weeks and into the new year so look out on Facebook for updates on new colourways & designs.