Two samples from our new weaving house will be travelling around some sling libraries from next week
Thank you so much for being a huge part of our evolution as a brand and thanks for supporting the rejuvenation of British weaving.
As part of our growth, we are moving on to a new weaving house. We’ve been planning this for a while now and we are pleased that the first two set of our weaving is currently on the loom, the new black and white SMP and the blue birthing goddess (Scroll down to see the photos of our prototypes)
In case you didn't know we are originally a stretchy wrap company and we wanted to provide more in terms of durability and value for our customers to cater for their transition from stretchy wrap to a sturdier option as their baby grows. So it is flattering when we hear people say that we've been into woven wraps for a long time as our growth has been on a geometric rise and we are so grateful to you for your support. In addition to our new wraps on the looms, we also have 3 un-released designs currently in the design studio and we are still fine tuning them in readiness for weaving.
Our new weaving house is also based in the north of England, a region with a robust historical expertise in weaving. They are much bigger than our previous weaver with a fantastic quality control department that is adequately staffed to international textiles standards and it is our expectation that we will be able to provide more beautifully woven wraps that will be much more readily available to babywearing mums and dads from around the world. Our weavers have been designing and weaving fabrics for over 50 years and their expertise ranges from jacquard damask, flat plain woven, Egyptian cotton, linen engineered to the specific standard performance. We are particularly excited that everything that concerns the weaving of our wraps will be done in house with expert CAD designers available to assist us in fine-tuning our hand-drawn artwork for our wraps.
Two samples from our new weaving house will be travelling around some sling libraries from next week. To find out more, please head over to the Joy and Joe chatter page. Thank you so much being a huge part of our evolution as a brand and thanks for supporting the rejuvenation of British weaving.
Two testers -the new black and white SMP and the blue goddess will be travelling out to some sling libraries. Please join our chatter page to learn more https://www.facebook.com/groups/joyandjoe/?ref=ts&fref=ts
WATCH OUT FOR THE INFORMATION ON THE PRE-ORDER OF THE NEW BLACK AND WHITE SMP AND VISIT ' http://www.wrapyourbaby.com/ FOR MORE ON THE BIRTHING GODDESS.
We also welcome weaving commissions from babywearing groups, libraries or associations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. Thank you
The new BCIA safety brochure
We are pleased to announce that we (Joy and Joe ltd) are one of the current sponsors for the new BCIA safety brochures. The BCIA-Baby Carrier Industry Alliance exists to increase awareness of the value of quality baby carriers and to support those in the baby carrier industry. Please follow this link to download the new safety brochure. We will also be having some paper copies of the brochures as well. http://babycarrierindustryalliance.org/2014/04/safety-brochures/
....a special infusion of ethnic elegance and cultural sophistication into the babywearing scenery'
Introducing our ethnic woven wrap design-The Kente woven wrap sling
With this design, a traditional African design meets the modern British weaving. This is an infusion of a popular ethnic design into the babywearing scenery. We’ve had a look around and we can safely say that we are the first company to commission the weaving of the popular Kente design in the United kingdom. The Kente cloth is originally handwoven in West Africa and we have been liaising with some Ghanaian weavers to see how we can re-engineer the hand-woven Kente cloth into wraps but we now decided to
bring the design into the UK and experiment the weaving of the design on the Hattersley Loom woven by our UK master weaver. Kente comes in diverse colours and we will be weaving this on a barley white warp with a black or green weft 100% combed cotton initially. Within the Kente symbolism, black derives its significance from the notion that new things get darker as they mature and physical aging comes with spiritual maturity. The Akan people of Ghana often blacken most of their ritual objects to increase their spiritual potency. Black symbolizes an intensified spiritual energy, communion with the ancestral spirits , antiquity, spiritual maturity and spiritual potency. While white denotes vitality and balance. The pattern in our current collection is composed of the Nkyinkyin and the Babadua. The Nkyinkyin is a zig zag pattern which signifies that ‘life is not straight’ and the Babadua which stands for strength toughness, reslinecy and superiority’ This indeed is a celebration of ethnic sophistication.
History of the Kente design
Kente cloth, traditionally made by the people of Ghana, is very beautiful and meaningful. It is made by weaving long strips that contain symbolic patterns. There is a pattern to illustrate joy, a pattern for royalty, a pattern for newborn babies—nearly every important event in a person’s life can be expressed in Kente cloth patterns. When several strips of fabric are woven, they are cut into even lengths, and then stitched together to create wide sheets of cloth.
Although Kente, as we know it was developed in the 17th Century A.D. by the Ashanti people, it has it roots in a long tradition of weaving in Africa dating back to about 3000 B.C. The origin of Kente is explained with both a legend and historical accounts. A legend has it that a man named Ota Karaban and his friend Kwaku Ameyaw from the town of Bonwire (now the leading Kente weaving center in Ashanti), learned the art of weaving by observing a spider weaving its web.
Taking a clue from the spider, they wove a strip of raffia fabric and later improved upon their skill. They reported their discovery to their chief Nana Bobie, who in turn reported it to the Asantehene (The Ashanti Chief) at that time. The Asantehene adopted it as a royal cloth and encouraged its development as a cloth of prestige reserved for special occasions.
Kente is more than just a cloth. Like most of Africa's visual art forms, Kente is a visual representation of history, philosophy, ethics, oral literature, religious belief, social values and political thought. Originally, its use was reserved for their royalty and limited to special social and sacred functions. When its production increased, it became more accessible to those who could afford to buy it. However, its prestigious status was maintained, and it has continued to be associated with wealth, high social status and cultural sophistication. Today, in spite of the proliferation of both the handwoven and machine printed Kente, the authentic forms of the cloth are still regarded as a symbol of social prestige, nobility and a sense of cultural sophistication.
According to Akan traditional protocol, Kente is reserved for very important and special social or religious occasions. Originally, it was not meant to be used for commonplace daily activities or as an ordinary wear. Its use for making clothing accessories was limited to items deemed scared or special and were used only for special occasions. In many cases the use of Kente has a sacred intent. It may be used as a special gift item during such rites and ceremonies as child naming, puberty, graduation, marriage and soul-washing. its significance as a symbol of prestige, gaiety and glamour is evident during such community celebrations as festivals and commemoration of historical events, when people proudly wear the best of their Kente Cloths to reflect the spirit of the occasion
Kente is used not only for its beauty but also for its symbolic significance. Each cloth has a name and a meaning; and each of the numerous patterns and motifs has a name and a meaning. Names and meanings are derived from historical events, individual achievements, proverbs, philosophical concepts, oral literature, moral values, social code of conduct of conduct, human behavior and certain attributes of plant and animal life. Patterns and motifs are rendered in geometric abstractions of objects associated with the intended meaning. Sometimes some of such patterns and motifs are arbitrarily determined, and their forms have no direct structural similarities with the concepts or objects symbolized. Their relationship is primarily conceptual rather than representational.
Patterns and motifs are generally created by weavers who also assign names and meanings to them. Forms, names and means of such patterns and motifs are sometimes given by weavers who may obtain them through dreams and during contemplative moments when they are said to be in communion with the spiritual world. Sometimes, kings and elders may ascribe names to cloths that they specially commission. Generally, names are based on the warp arrangements of the cloth, however, in some instances, both warp and weft arrangements determine a name of a cloth.
There are over 300 different types of cloth designs, each with its name. Each cloth design comes with numerous variations-in color and distribution of motifs. This chart presents names of 54 different cloth designs, and 42 motifs, their literal meanings and their symbolic significance. Symbolism are given interpretations on the basis of the general Akan culture.
Color symbolism within the Akan culture affects the aesthetics of Kente. Colors are chosen for both their visual effect and their symbolic meanings. A weaver's choice of colors for both weft and warp designs, may be dictated either by tradition or by individual aesthetic taste. There are gender differences in color preferences, dictated by tradition, individual aesthetic taste and by spirit of the occasion. As a convention rather than a strict code of dress, women tend to prefer cloths with background or dominant colors that are lighter or tinted, such as white, light yellow, pink, purple, light blue, light green and turquoise. Generally, men tend to prefer cloths with background or dominant colors that are on the shaded side, such as black, dark blue, dark green, maroon, dark yellow, orange and red. Social changes and modern living have, however, led some people to ignore these traditional norms, resulting in color choice based on individual taste.
Conclusively, we hope that the Kente woven wrap design will bring a fresh air of cultural elegance into the babywearing scenery . This indeed is a celebration of ethnic sophistication.
A sneak peak into our new and intriguing ethnic woven wraps woven right here in the UK
Hello, my name is Bisi, babywearing consultant (SoB CIC), mother to two cheeky & very special kids (Joy and Joseph). Our 3rd baby has been christened Joy&Joe baby wrap slings! and we loveeee babywearing :)