What is a Full Custom Pre-order?
Full custom pre-orders, often known just as pre-orders, are organised through customer groups on Facebook. A group of Oscha fans come together around a common theme in order to design a ‘warp’ (a background colour) and agree on patterns, ‘wefts’ (colours which pick out the pattern), and the composition of bespoke fabrics.
Once a group has 700 members the group admins can apply for a pre-order slot. We accept one pre-order for slings every 2 months and accessories pre-orders, such as pre-orders for throws and lightweight scarves, in between.
A group that has been assigned a slot is then able to run votes in their group to decide on the details of their final fabrics. These fabrics are then approved by our experienced designers and are opened for orders on the site.
How do I purchase a Pre-order item?
Once voting is concluded in the group, and the fabrics have been approved, we will list these items for ‘pre-order’ on our site. This means anyone from the group or anyone who simply loves their designs can purchase a bespoke item.
You can find our open pre-orders here.
Customers are able to order any Oscha product in a pre-order, from baby wraps to Nook carriers, ring slings to scarves. Some items are exclusive to pre-order and pre-release order, you can scroll down to see a table of the available items.
If you purchase one of these custom made items – congratulations, you are now part of a pre-order! This means you will receive regular updates on your fabric, we will let you know when it is beamed up on to the loom, when it arrives at our Scottish workshop and will send you a final update as our skilled machinists begin production on your carrier or accessory.
Pre-orders are made from bespoke fabrics, this means it takes 4-6 months for orders placed in this way to be shipped from Oscha HQ.
If you are interested in learning more about Pre-orders we suggest joining Clan Oscha. We always advertise open pre-orders in the Clan so it is a great place to see what our talented customers have been working on!
What is a Semi-custom Pre-order?
These are organised in a similar way to the regular pre-order, except that for a semi-custom a group is offered a section of a warp we are already weaving, rather than design their own from scratch. We will contact groups whose warps are similar to something we are planning on weaving and if they agree to take part, they are able to vote on designs, colours and fabric blends just as with a standard pre-order.
The main difference is that semi-customs are designed and voted on by the group just before the items are woven, meaning semi-custom orders will be delivered in just 6 weeks.
Open semi-customs can also be found here.
What about warp minimums?
If you are part of a pre-order group you may have seen people talking about ‘warp minimums’. These are minimum lengths of fabric which have to be ordered for our weavers to start working on our fabrics. For a multicolour warp, 800m is needed and for a single colour, it is 600m.
For a semi-custom pre-order warp minimums are not an issue as the group’s designs are added to our own warp. However, standard pre-orders will have to meet these minimums in order to go ahead.
Once the orders are closed on the site we will total up the number of meters purchased, then, if a pre-order met its minimums, the details will be sent to our weavers and the fabrics can begin weaving. However, if minimums have not been met then we will not able able to make the fabrics and all orders will be refunded.
We do everything we can to support groups so that minimum lengths can be met and the pre-orders can go ahead.
Is this different to a Made to Order listing?
Yes, Made to Orders are available in fabric Oscha has designed. These open when fabrics are already woven and ready to be cut. You can find out more about Made to Order listings here.
Can I purchase more than one item in a pre-order?
Yes, as long as the items are from the same pre-order group.
Simply add everything you would like to your basket and they will all be shipped together when they have been made.
In some cases we are able to allow purchases from different pre-orders at the same time, in these cases, it will be clearly stated in the listing.
When do I pay for my Pre-order items?
Payment for pre-orders is taken at the point of purchase, as with a standard order.
Can I purchase other items from the site at the same time?
Unfortunately not, any order made other items from the site will be cancelled. Please place two separate orders if you are ordering something from the site and a pre-release item.
Can I make special requests for my item?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate special requests on these orders.
Can I return my pre-order purchase?
No, custom items made from bespoke fabrics are not able to be returned.
All the following items are available for purchase in pre-orders.
Infinity loops & Cowls (full width & Precis)*
0.5m fabric pieces
1m fabric pieces
*These are exclusive to Made to Order and Pre-order listings.