Why are woven wraps so expensive? I struggled with this question for a long time; when my budget was low and my desire to have a woven high. First, I hoped I could make one myself. I searched in local fabric shops, online fabric websites, read articles and researched woven wrap makers endlessly. I had a difficult time finding suitable fabric and when I did it was very expensive. Next, I tried to use supportive but not woven quality fabric. My first non-stretchy wrap was a DIY from JoAnn fabrics that ran just under $35 for 6 yards of home decor fabric. If you are making a DIY wrap, it’s important to use a bottom weight fabric and not something you would use for clothing or quilts. So….What is it that makes a woven wrap so expensive? Eventually I found out!
Unlike Woven Wrap Fabric, many fabrics have beautiful patterns that are printed on them — on one side — and are a neutral color before being printed. Imagine taking a stamper onto a white sheet of paper, similar concept. Other fabrics are made from neutral fabric, then dyed completely after the fact, appearing as though it was made with colored thread. Take that same sheet of paper and dip it into a bucket of dye, get it?
So, what makes a woven wrap different? A woven wrap is made from yarn-dyed threads, meaning that the wrap is colored throughout. The strands of fibers used are colored before the wrap is woven. In addition, often woven wraps are made in limited quantities, many companies within the USA and other reputable areas, and of higher quality thread then fabric you would find in fabrics designed for clothing or home decor. For example, If a woven wrap is hand-woven…that means that someone is sitting for hours, possibly weeks at a loom weaving each thread and design! The man hours, craftswomanship and care that goes into that speaks for itself price wise!
High Quality Yarn (May be a bled of cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, silk, repreve, tencel)
Developed Specifically for Babywearing
Complex Fabric Patterns and Designs traditionally Jacquard
Traditionally Use Fair Trade Practices
May be Made in USA or Finished in the states
CPSIA Compliance Guidelines
Print Dyed (one sided)
Multi-Purpose (Not specifically for babywearing)
May be Finished, Developed and Designed Overseas.
Some of the most expensive woven wraps are hand woven. These are made on a loom quite literally by hand. Here is a Great Video from Pollora of a Hand Woven Wrap:
Some of the most reasonably priced fabrics are made of lower quality threads and mass produced, like bed sheets. Here is a Video Depicting How Non-Babywearing Fabric is Traditionally Made:
So, now that you know why woven wraps are so expensive. Next is to determine which one is right for you. You can find a machine woven wrap at a very reasonable price like a Chimparoo or a Babylonia USA or go all out and purchase a handwoven for a few hundred dollars. The sky is the limit!
Make sure to read about 6 Benefits to Wearing a Disabled Child, Tekhni Thalia Review, Diva Milano Essenza Review, Tekhni Meandros Tussah Silk, Pavo Form Review, Tekhni with Repreve and Chimparoo Woven Wraps!
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