Wrapping Qualities: Silk

Silk is a yarn well-loved by babywearers around the world due, in part, to its versatility and strength.  A luxurious yarn with a rich lustre and unique texture, silk is a firm favourite here at Oscha. Silk’s temperature-regulating qualities are another reason it is great for baby carriers, this means it keeps you cool in the summer and cosy in the winter – perfect for year-round carrying. 

Soft and mouldable, and often with a lovely shine, silk is one of our favourite yarns for wrapping newborns, but its unassuming strength also makes it wonderful throughout your babywearing journey.

✔ Mouldable & soft

✔ Temperature regulating

✔ Breathable & strong

Read on to learn more about the different silks we use.

What About Washing?

While silk does need to be treated with a little more care than an easy-care yarn like cotton, babywearers shouldn’t be afraid of putting this versatile yarn through its paces. When your sling does need a bath, handwashing is much easier than you think and if you have a trusted silk or handwash cycle on your machine this can always be used as your own discretion. 

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Why Use Different Silks?

Not all silks are the same, different varieties of silk moth can produce unique characteristics and even the food the silkworms eat can affect the natural colour of the yarn, while some silks have flecks of colour added to them for a special ‘confetti’ look. 

Remember, you can check the percentage of a certain yarn in your sling on the listings page, the higher the percentage the more prominent the following qualities will be

Wild Silk

This is the silk we most commonly use in our slings. The specific yarn we use is blended with cotton for a fine and mouldable feel, meaning it is easy to wrap with which makes it ideal for new wrappers. Despite its fine feeling in hand, wild silk is wonderfully strong and durable with a nice cush and a little stretch – perfect for babywearing. A silk yarn with a lovely textural look, slings made with wild silk will feature little flecks across the fabric, highlighting the natural characteristics of this silk. 

Wild silk is produced without chemicals, and is collected from moths which live in the wild. This yarn is collected from a number of different moth varieties, rather than a single species as with Tussah silk. Wild moths tend to produce a less regular yarn, which often has a naturally off-white colour.

Our wild silk is a reclaimed yarn, which means it is made of waste yarns from the spinning and combing processes. Its reclaimed nature adds to the irregularity of texture, but this is great for babywearing as it adds a little extra grip! We are passionate about being a zero waste company and are always looking out for ways to help other companies avoid waste. 

Please note: due to being a reclaimed yarn wild silk blends may sometimes contain other organic matter. This is generally not noticeable and will be removed with light wear and washing. 

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Bourette Silk

Bourette silk is made from the waste fibers left over from making other silk yarns, the shorter fibre lengths mean that this silk is not as shiny as traditional silks and is much ‘slubbier’ than other silks we use. 

Thicker than our wild silk/cotton yarn, this 100% silk yarn is strong and durable. Bourette silk has a textured look and feel which lends itself perfectly to babywearing. People often comment on the staying power of Bourette silk which tends not to shift once wrapped – perfect when you have a wee wriggler on your hands! A little less cushy than the cotton blended yarn, we often double our Bourette to give a little more cushioning for the shoulders – look out in our descriptions to see if this is the case.
Being a reclaimed yarn, we love that Bourette silk allows use the waste from the projects. We love that we can help to avoid waste by utilising a fiber that would otherwise be thrown away.

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Tussah Silk

This is a silk collected solely from Tussah moths, the yarn we use is thicker and stronger than our wild silk yarn making this a favourite among those carrying toddlers. Grippy with a nice malleablility, this yarn makes a great sling for carrying bigger kids and little ones alike; combining the lightweight nature you’d associate with silk and surprising durability for a great all-rounder fabric.

If you’re looking for nubs and slubs, Tussah silk is perfect for you! The variegated texture of this yarn lends itself nicely to creating a wonderfully tactile feel across the fabric. 

A corser silk, Tussah silk has a naturally golden colour because of the tannins in the leaves the moths eat. Our Tussah silk is collected from wild Tussah moths, and is a reclaimed yarn meaning it is comprised of waste yarns from the spinning and combing processes. Its reclaimed nature adds to the irregularity of texture, but this is great for babywearing as it adds a little extra grip! We love that we can help to avoid waste by utilising a fiber that would otherwise be thrown away. 

Please note: due to being a reclaimed yarn Tussah silk blends may sometimes contain other organic matter. This is generally not noticeable and will be removed with light wear and washing. 

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Shantung Tussah Silk

Like regular Tussah silk, Shantung tussah silk is collected solely from Tussah moths. The Shantung silks we use are embedded with colourful flecks to bring a beautiful confetti look to your slings. 

Tussah silk is thicker and stronger than our wild silk yarn making this a favourite among those carrying toddlers. Grippy with a nice malleablility, this yarn makes a great sling for carrying bigger kids and little ones alike; combining the lightweight nature you’d associate with silk and surprising durability for a great all-rounder fabric. This yarn is often doubled to add a little more cushioning on the shoulders – look out in our descriptions to see if this is the case.

A corser silk, Tussah silk has a naturally golden colour because of the tannins in the leaves the moths eat. Our Tussah silk is collected from wild Tussah moths and is only treated Oeko-tex certified dyes. 

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Don’t forget, wrapping quality isn’t all about the yarns!

Weave technique can also play a big part in how a sling feels. If you are looking for something with a little more support for bigger kids, look out for the term ‘hybrid’ or ‘weft facing weaves’ in our descriptions. This means the fabric will be more densely woven and more supportive.

Terms like ‘pocket’ or ‘quilted’ weave, mean that this fabric is woven with two layers. This gives the ultimate cushy feel and a wonderful support.
You can learn more about pocket and quilt weaves here.

‘Open’ weaves, indicate that a fabric will feel more fluid and malleable in hand, so will be lovely for wrapping with newborns.

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