Queen of Elphame Baby Wrap
A super soft, nubby and colourful hand woven piece brought together by the followers of Feather & Hay . The fibres are a unique blend of Cotton and Banana Silk which gives the wrap it’s textured and silky appearance.
Queen of Elphame Baby Wrap Product Overview
Length: 432 cm
Fibre: 50% Cotton 50% Banana Silk
Weave: Undulating Twill
Edges: tasselled ends
How to wash/care for product: Hand wash
1 in stock
A hand painted pastel warp with an ecru weft. This is a highly textured wrap with super softness and a gentle sheen. Easy to wrap with.
The Story behind the Queen of Elphame Baby Wrap
The ‘Queen of Elphame’ Baby Wrap is one of a selection woven as part of the Community Weaving Project. This was a warp designed by the tester & chat group on Facebook. Polls and discussions decided the path to its creation. This is a hand painted Cotton warp, dyed with previously measured chains. The colours are a multiple blend including blues, purples, greens and a little orange and yellow.
The Community Weaving Project: Queen of Elphame Baby Wrap was made towards the end of the warp making the tones more pastel; accompanied with a silvery Banana Silk the colours are softer in palette. The weave pattern is an undulating twill which was is different to the first set of wraps and scarves woven. The weft for this baby wrap is Banana Silk. This fibre is quite nubby in nature but makes a very bandagey wrap, it is quite forgiving on the shoulders. The wrap features long colourful tassels.
Queen of Elphame is the Scottish equivalent to the Queen of Fairy who rules Faërie or Fairyland.The whole warp was based on a fantasy based seascape so the names have an other-worldly theme.
Taken from: www.ancient-origins.net
“In Scottish and Northern British folklore the name ”Queen of Elphame”, means ”Queen of Fairyland”. It is unknown when she appeared in history or legends for the first time, but she was mentioned in several old folk stories and also in documents of witch trials.”
“The legend of the fairy queen became an inspiration for many famous artists and writers. This character appeared in plays by Shakespeare and his followers. All of the fairies they presented in their texts may be associated with the Queen of Elphame.”
Feather & Hay creates limited edition textiles. Each piece has a story to tell, inspired by nature, the landscape or the seasonal flows and rhythms. Each creation immerses the wearer in the power of wild; summoning the magic of a colour, texture or pattern
The textiles are hand woven on Feather & Hay’s floor loom in Scotland, using especially sourced and high quality raw materials. Each textile created thread by thread brings an original hand made item that respects the rhythm of nature. Commissioned work is available please get in touch if you would like something especially made.
How do I wash my hand woven item?
To preserve the beauty and magic of your Feather & Hay textile it is best to hand wash and line dry when required.
You do not need to pre-wash your item, each piece has been finished read for immediate use.
For plant based (cellulose) fibres use a non-bio detergent in hand warm water. Ecover is a good example of a gentle detergent.
For animal based (protein) fibres use a detergent suitable for delicates (often described as ‘for wool or silk’). Keep the temperature just warm to the hand and try not to agitate the fabric when washing. Remember felting can occur with heat, water & friction!