All Woven Wings wraps are designed by us and woven in the UK, at a one-of-a-kind luxury fashion mill. All wraps are also hemmed in the UK, with labels and middle markers produced by UK based companies.
At Woven Wings we take firm position, we place the utmost importance on carefully sourcing yarns and checking animal welfare.
In terms of our Merino wool, we are proud to support a specialist farm located in Australia that has implemented this philosophy for many years and is a pioneer in this field and animal welfare. The farm is audited by third party auditor asureQuality nZ ltd. the audit assesses all aspects of the farm and the management systems associated with it, including the health and welfare of livestock, recording and storage of animal health treatments, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. This specialist farm has well documented farm management and environmental policies. These include conservatively grazing the property to maintain sufficient pasture cover to avoid erosion and to increase soil moisture retention, a dedication to planting native trees both for stock shelter and to provide ‘eco corridors’ for wildlife. The farm manager, also applies integrated Pest management strategies to minimise the use of chemicals required to produce crops and pastures, and treats the farms, and livestock as a single living organism.
Our bourette silk is composed of largely of mulberry silk waste (ie, noils from the combing process for spun silks), and Tussah noils for some of the colours. Tussah silk is made from cultivating cocoons from wild forests. Thereby, allowing nature to take its course. The effect is that the moth will rip the silk filaments as it leaves the cocoon, meaning that you are left with short filaments. This is why all Tussah silk tends to be spun/bourette. The production of Mulberry silk is cultivated in a way that you would actively kill the silk worm before it becomes a moth. However, our supplier uses a method that involves drying the cocoon and then extracting through boiling. Thus, by the time the yarn is boiled, the pupa is already deceased and not boiled alive.
Our Yak is made from collecting the finest of the Yak undercoat. These fibres are collected during the summertime when the hair is naturally shed from the animal's winter coat or are collected from combing and shearing. No animals are harmed in the collection of these Yak fibres.
The flax yarns is composed of linen and viscose. The linen is hand retted (not chemically) and the viscose is produced in a sustainable manner using wood pulp (beech).
We are delighted to say we have a very active fanpage on facebook called All Things Woven Wings. www.facebook.com/groups/AllThingsWovenWings/ It is a welcoming and positive community, filled with love for all of the Woven Wings releases, from our beginning to present day, and a whole heap of love for babywearing from every corner of the world! From time-to-time WWHQ pop in to the group, to offer competitions, games and prizes. You can also find For Sale or Trade (FSOT) posts for wraps, and In Search Of (ISO) albums - where you can list the Wings you are looking for!
We are working on an events calendar, but generally announce all of our engagements on our facebook page www.facebook.com/WovenWings. We always love to meet our Winglets around the world, so do come and meet us wherever we may be!
We are very proud to have testing and hosting routes through the year in a variety of places around the world. From time-to-time we will put a call out for testers on our Facebook business page, or via our fanpage All Things Woven Wings - so keep a look out there! To register your interest in becoming a tester at a future date, when we open the next cycle of applicants please click here. We would love to know: Birth dates of wrappees, how long you have been wrapping for, whether you have any babywearing training/consultancy, where in the world you live, and a link to anything you have written - it doesn’t need to be about babywearing, but just gives us an idea of your writing! We really appreciate the interest in our tester routes - so thank you in advance if you apply!
We strive to represent the breadth of diversity of the babywearing community in our photography. We photograph "models" from within the greater Woven Wings community and will only ever use babywearers as "models". The Woven Wings photography is extremely important to us and we always aim to capture the unique and authentic moments between babies and babywearers.
Currently all of our team are Work At Home Mamas, who use the best of today’s technology to work remotely separately, but together, meeting in person regularly and often. For now, WWHQ is not a ‘place’ so much as a concept in several places!! As and when that changes in the future, we hope to create a welcoming hub for Winglets, meet-up’s, and tester parties!!
We are HUGE believers in the power of Sling Libraries, and the network of libraries and consultants across the UK and the rest of the world. Wherever we can we try to support them, including holding a (usually) twice monthly meet at the Royal Festival Hall in London. We believe sling libraries not only enhance and empower us as babywearers, but can give wearers a sense of community. Through one mutual interest, great friendships are born - we are living proof of that!! We do not currently have a sling library discount, nor are we able to offer free wraps to sling libraries at present. However, this is something we are seriously passionate about and are working on figuring out how we can bring this to life.
Sarah, co-owner of Woven Wings, is a professional photographer, and undertakes all photography for the brand, including all shoots on location.
The majority of Woven Wings releases are limited in nature. Woven Wings do not reweave previously released wraps in the exact same design, colour, and blend.
All Woven Wings wraps will benefit from a wash upon arrival. All of our wraps can be found in our ‘Portfolio’ section on our website. Within each wrap there is specific wash and care information for that specific wrap and blend.
Woven Wings does occasionally do custom orders.
Woven Wings are currently only available on our website.
No, to date, all Woven Wings wraps are machine woven wraps. Whilst an automated weaving process, we take pride in the fact that it is still an organic one, with all wraps fabric intricately inspected by hand whilst on the roll, and again during the hemming process.
The majority of Woven Wings wraps do not come ‘finished’. The finishing process is essentially when the woven fabric is given it’s first bath at the Mill ahead of being hemmed. Every fabric, whether hand or machine woven, has a natural shrinkage allowance, dependent on blend. When a fabric is given it’s first bath it will naturally reduce by a certain percentage - with our ‘luxury finish’ this happens ahead of the customer receiving the wrap, so that it doesn’t arrive ‘in loom state’. The first wash for any wrap helps settle the weave and is the quickest way to start the breaking in process that we know! Mills and looms can gather dust and fibre, and the first bath helps make sure the wrap is clean for you and your baby. Each wrap we have released is listed in our Portfolio section on this site, with each individual wrap having it’s wash and care instructions. It will also state here whether your particular wrap has received the luxury WW finish. Please check the Portfolio if you are unsure.
Despite being machine woven, the weaving process itself is still an organic one, and we love that it is!! However, from time-to-time, like with any natural process, there can be small errors in the weave. The vast majority of these will disappear with wash, wear and breaking in, as the weave plumps up and the fibres settle down. These minor cosmetic issues are graded as ‘seconds’ quality. These issues are entirely cosmetic, or are very easy to fix, and do not constitute an issue to safety for babywearing. We do not sell third grade wraps, or wraps with more serious issues that would be any cause for concern for babywearing. If you are ever unsure of an issue on your wrap please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woven Wings shop accepts all major credit cards and Paypal.
Yes - Woven Wings ship via Royal Mail in conjunction with your local in-country mail provider around the world. We always announce the shipping date with our release information, and it is usually within 48 hours of payment, but this may vary per release. Royal Mail sends automatic tracking references when packages enter their system, this will come from a Royal Mail email address, and not a Woven Wings address, so may end up in your junk or spam folder, instead of your inbox. Please check all of your folders - but if you can’t find tracking please email us and we will send it to you: email@example.com
We accept returns for 14 days from the date of arrival of your wrap. It must be unwashed and unworn, and returned with the original packaging and items including the booklet, and tote etc. Once received at WWHQ, we will inspect the wrap, and all being well, we will then refund the cost of the wrap, minus shipping to you, back via the original payment. We are unable to issue refunds to any other account. All returned items must be clearly marked RETURNS on the package and on any international customs declaration forms. Please contact WWHQ ahead of returning any wrap.
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