When Uppymama started making wraps, we wanted to make a wrap that was really accessible, sturdy and durable, easy to learn to use, and easy to teach with.
“We wanted to add features that would make the wraps really user friendly because most of all we wanted to help families become comfortable with babywearing and with woven wraps.” – Becky
In the process of making wraps we wanted to express our passion for holistic and sustainable living. It is important to us to know every single step in the production of our wraps. Where was the cotton grown? How was it grown? What distance was it shipped? How was it spun and dyed, by who and where?
Over the past few years we have met our goals of producing wraps that our customers love as well as our goal of seeing babywearing become increasingly common in our community.
“The goal we haven’t met yet is our goal to get a wrap into the hands of every family who wants to wear their baby in an Uppy.” – Becky
As we enter our 7th year of supporting parents in babywearing, we are able to sustain our weaving production at about 1% of the volume of wraps we have requests to make. We receive around one hundred inquiries for every one wrap we have available for sale.
We decided it was time to add another line of wraps to the Uppymama family. It had to be a wrap that met all of our ideals about production, fiber source, Canadian manufacturing, and hand finishing as well as all of our desire to produce wraps that are really soft, comfortable and easy to use.
Could a brand new machine woven wrap feel as soft and easy to use as a hand woven wrap?
Becky has always felt really strongly about producing wraps that are ready to use right out of the package. She wants the wraps to feel sturdy yet very soft and moldable. It has been a journey, a passion, a lot of research and a lot of testing and a lot of learning. Now we finally feel that we have done it!
We would like to introduce the latest member of the Uppy family. Our adopted wrap baby. It grew in our hearts; so Uppywear is the younger sibling to the Uppymama handwoven wrap.
Uppywear is the machine woven wrap that thinks it’s handwoven.
Adopted siblings may be cut from a different cloth but they are still a part of the same family. (Becky’s family includes adopted children so it is a most meaningful metaphor to us). Our new Uppywear wraps are machine woven and done so in a fashion that produces a fabric with as close to a handwoven feel as we can get without actually hand weaving it. Stay tuned in the next few day to learn more about our new wraps. We want to tell you all about how we created them, their Canadian production and our individual hand finishing process (just like we love telling birth stories around here). We also want to tell you about our entire Uppywear project and how you can get one of our new wraps in this first batch off the loom.