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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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