Is it a quirk, or not a quirk? That is the question!
The excitement of scoring an invoice to purchase a brand new wrap or ring sling, can only be equaled, in my opinion, by the excitement of tearing the package open when the postman arrives. Beholding the loom-state shine, feeling the crunch of the material in your white-knuckled bliss. Rapture!
Most care instructions assert that any wrap or ring sling purchased in loom state directly from a manufacturer is required to be examined thoroughly for flaws, prior to washing or use. But what EXACTLY constitutes a quirk in a machine woven wrap, and when do you need to contact your manufacturer or vendor?
Firstly, it's important to note that quirks do not create safety issues with your wrap or ring sling. Quirks are essentially cosmetic in nature, and aren't uncommon; although usually these types of quirks are picked up during the finishing processes, prior to the carriers being sent to their new homes. Wraps and ring slings with quirks are often sold as seconds quality for a slightly discounted rate.
We have compiled a list of quirks, with picture examples, to illustrate what is considered normal on your wrap or ring sling.
A nub is a small loop in the fibre, which creates a knobbly little ball on top of the wrap during the weaving process. It is caused by extra length in the thread, and does not create a safety concern.
A slub is a natural thickening of the fibre. Some fibers are prone to slubs, such as linen. A slub creates a thicker, more textured part of the wrap, and does not create a safety concern.
A pull is where a section of the thread has been pulled away from the rest of the weave, and creates a loose loop. Differently to a nub, a pull occurs AFTER the weaving process is complete. Pulls can be common in complicated weave structures. Some pulls are easy to fix, depending on the length of the pull, and the weave. Pulls do not create a safety concern.
A skipped thread is where a thread has been 'missed' in the weaving process. It is usually picked up in the finishing processes. Skipped threads do not create a safety concern.
Broken threads are, basically, broken threads in the weave!
There are two different types of broken threads:
- One type presents as two threads sticking up, with no loops, but very close together in the weave. This type of broken thread is easily fixed by tying the two threads together, and isn't a usual occurrence in a loom state wrap.
- The other type presents as only one thread sticking up. This type is in the picture example below. This type of broken thread is commonly picked up in the finishing processes, and is easily fixed by weaving it back into the wrap.
Weavers knots are where the end of a thread is tied to the beginning of a new thread. Yarn isn't infinite in length! A weavers knot will usually disappear after the first wash, and does not create a safety concern.
All of the above is considered perfectly normal, and doesn’t need to be brought to Ankalia's attention, or the vendor whom you purchased your wrap or ring sling from.
Please note: An unravelling hem can pose a safety concern, as it has the potential to cause fraying, and therefore weakening, of your wrap or ring sling. Unravelling hem threads are usually spotted after a first or second wash, and are easily fixed by re hemming. If your wrap or ring sling has an unravelling hem, you should bring it to Ankalia's attention, or the attention of the vendor that you purchased from.
Lastly, remember most fabrics will have quirks, which do not affect safety or integrity. Think of the quirks as beauty marks on your carrier, which add to its individuality and charm. Appreciate the craftsmanship and design of your new wrap, and enjoy carrying your baby!
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