The Story of Fabric
The beauty of Artipoppe woven wraps, ring slings and Zeitgeist baby carriers shines through the story that each piece of fabric tells. Artipoppe fabric is designed in the Netherlands and woven in Lithuania with the highest quality, and most durable yarn available in the world. There is a high level of personal attention given to each detail of our fabrics from the yarns and dyes used, the art of blending fibres, the designs chosen for each blend, and subsequently each product. Our products are storytellers. They are beautifully imperfect – boasting beauty marks that make each their very own.
Due to each product’s individuality, it is important to understand how these fabrics wear, how to care for them, and how to tell if something is damaged – or if it is just part of the character of the fabric. This is important to keep in mind for all carriers, and especially important for the woven wraps and ring slings.
The life of your wrap and ring sling
Each of our specialty blended fabrics wear beautifully over time with the right care. Knowing the different types of wear that can happen as a baby wrap or ring sling is used over time is important to help understand how to best care for your carrier and prevent any long-term damage.
Our exceptionally soft, warm wools for example can pill just like any sweater. Pilling occurs from normal wear when loose fibers move to the surface of the fabric causing them to twist together into small balls. This characteristic does not mean the wrap is flawed – it is part of the tightly woven story of this fabric itself. You can easily remove any pills with a sweater stone or fabric combs or just by hand.
There is also our incredibly fuzzy bouclé yarn – which characteristically always has pulls. This gives the fabric its signature soft texture. The more you wear this wrap the softer it will get, and that is thanks to the beautiful pulls in the fabric.
Caring for your carrier
Artipoppe carriers – baby wraps, ring slings and Zeitgeist carriers – arrive washed, ironed and ready to use. When the day comes that you need to give your Artipoppe product a wash, it is important to consult the washing instructions on the tag or in our babywearing guide. By always following these directions, you will ensure that your carrier stays as strong as the day you received it.
Beauty marks and the flaws you can fix
Beauty marks are intrinsic parts of a fabric’s story, and certain flaws are simply caused by use. Here we explain the most common beauty marks and flaws that have no effect on the fabric’s strength and how you can fix them at home.
A weaver’s knot can occur when the weaver has to make a knot when the spool of yarn finishes. This is an un-removable beauty mark. Weaver’s knots do not affect the safety, or integrity of your carrier.
If you find a knobby part of the yarn that is raised above the rest of the fabric, this is known as a nub, and it has no effect on the quality, or use of your carrier. In fact, nubs naturally occur in the weaving process and are extremely common. There is no need to fix, or worry about these little beauty marks – as they are just part of the fabric itself.
These look like long, raised threads on the surface of the fabric. Although they stick out a bit, they are a characteristic of certain yarns and have no effect on the safety or usability of a carrier. Sometimes slubs are even purposely stitched into fabrics to create a certain aesthetic. Both nubs and slubs are mainly seen in linen and hemp blends.
Loose threads in the hem
These little flaws happen when a thread gets stuck in the folded hem – and they do not affect the overall quality of the carrier whatsoever. You can easily get rid of a loose hem thread by carefully snipping it with a pair of sharp scissors.
A premieres is a permanent crease in fabric – often caused by ironing, or folding the wrap the same way over and over again. This damage is most commonly found in linen and hemp baby wraps. To avoid it, be sure to iron and fold your baby wrap differently every time you use it.
A pull could appear on your fabric as a loop of thread sticking out – and are often caused by nails, jewelry, or simply being snagged. Pulls do not damage the integrity of the product, but keeping an eye on them so they do not get bigger, or break off, is important. For small pulls, you can try washing – according to the instructions on the tag – and drying your carrier to tighten the fabric back up. It is also possible to fix a pull yourself quickly, and easily.
If the pull is longer, you can grab the loose fibers and push them to the back of the fabric so they are hidden, and secured in place. To do this, grasp the fabric about 30 cm (12 inches) away from the pull on either side. Then tug firmly. Some of the pull may ease back into the cloth just from this. Second, take a needle or pin to start working the snag out. Insert the needle under the pulled thread a short distance away from the snag. Pull the loose thread up there. Move a tiny distance down the thread and repeat. It is important not to pull the thread up tightly as you go. The idea is to loosely redistribute the thread that has been pulled out of place back into the cloth and even maybe into the hem. For long pulls, it is sometimes easier to work the pull out in both directions.
Flaws that may need more attention
Normal wear may bring about fixable flaws that we explain above that do not affect the safety of Artipoppe carriers. In the case that you notice irregularities not mentioned above as a result of normal wear and tear, it may affect the safety of your baby wrap, ring sling or Zeitgeist baby carrier if not addressed properly. Here are some flaws that may need more attention.
This damage is caused by improper washing, or treatment of your wool fabrics, causing the fabric fibers to intertwine and shrink together to form a tightly woven fabric. Heat and agitation when wet can also cause this damage. There are different degrees of felting, but a carrier is deemed mostly unsafe for babywearing after severe felting. For this reason, it is important to always properly care for your Artipoppe product according to the washing instructions on the tag.
Flaws that Artipoppe addresses
Artipoppe only sells first quality products. There are marks that make each Artipoppe product a unique beauty, and there are flaws that may arise with normal wear or from improper care and can be fixed at home, such as those mentioned above. However, all of our products should arrive in excellent state. Please contact us if you have any issues with the quality of your product. Below are the flaws that we will address.
Broken threads appear as two loose threads, generally very close to one another. In the small chance that you notice a broken thread upon receiving an Artipoppe product, then please let us know. This is something we will resolve for you. It is important to note that broken threads can occur with normal wear, mainly if a pull is not taken care in time. This hanging thread will not ruin your carrier, but this is something you can take care of at home by tying it off as soon as you notice it.
Shifted threads happen when parts of the weave “shift”, leaving thinner spaces or gaps in the fabric. If you receive a carrier with shifted threads in the fabric, this can become a problem over time and should be disclosed to Artipoppe as soon as possible. It theoretically could become a problem when carrying a heavier child in a carrier with severe shifting compromising the fabric, but this has never been a documented safety problem.
This happens during the weaving process and is a cosmetic issue that cannot be fixed. It is important to note that the skipped thread has no effect on the integrity of the fabric itself and is safe for babywearing use. Artipoppe only delivers first quality fabrics. In the small chance that you receive an Artipoppe product with skipped threads, then please let us know this and we will address the issue.
The Story of Fabric
The beauty of each Artipoppe carrier is found within the very fabric of Artipoppe’s luxurious woven wraps, ring slings and Zeitgeist baby carriers. These threads are woven together to bring you and your baby closer – providing the two of you with the warmth, and security of closeness.
The care and craftsmanship that goes into each of our designed fabrics sometimes yields beauty marks which will not affect the safety of your carrier. Over time, you may also experience normal wear and tear like a pull from your jewelry, or woolen pills.
As long as you take care of your wrap, sling or Zeitgeist carrier per the washing and caring instructions, as well as keep an eye out for normal flaws caused by wear and tear and address them at home – your carrier will last, and even mature with age.
If you happen to notice irregularities like broken, shifted or skipped threads or a noticeable weaving flaw when you first receive a product, please do let us know as soon as possible by sending an email to [email protected] and we will work with you to address the issue.