Fabrics & Optional Add-on Features

kissed baby slings are available in definitely-not-dowdy, and you'd-better-believe-I-deserve-this-after-that-labour!

To view all available fabrics and optional add-on features (OAOFs), please visit our
on-line store, and see also what's in stock at our retailers.

> The Basic: cottons in limited-edition prints or solid colours

> The EcoLogic: organic Cotton
or Bamboo


> The Fashion Maven: silk brocade or silk dupioni


 > The Jewelled SilkTM


> The Splasher: UV-protective, for use in water
     
> OAOF-Beaded Panel


> OAOF-Contrast Tail


> OAOF-Embroidered Panel

> OAOF-Ribbon Trim

             
> OAOF-Second Layer of Cotton

> OAOF-Second Layer of Silk

Don't forget to visit our
Photo Gallery
to see examples of some of the many fabulous slings that we've made for past customers.
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 ~~~ FABRICS ~~~

 The Basic
This one is for wearers who don't need all the bells and whistles. Natural, breathable cotton (no polyester blends!) in a variety of stylish prints, solids, and weights.

Limited-edition prints
Fun, funky, stylish, and trend limited-edition prints that change with the season. Once they're gone, they're gone!

Solid colours
Classic colours for those who want versatility with their wardrobe.

Care
Machine-wash on regular cycle with like colours.
Machine-dry or hang/line-dry.
Do not bleach.
Iron on appropriate setting.

Fabric type

OAOFs available

100% cotton limited-edition prints

CT; SLC

100% cotton solid colours

BP; CTEP; RT; SLC

100% cotton knit (one-way stretch)

BP; CTEP; RT

Available for the following sling types:

Ring Slings, any size

$60 CAD

Pouch Slings, any size

$60 CAD

Mei Tais (one size)

$75 CAD

View fabric choices


Limited-edition print
Ring Sling


Limited-edition print/solid-colour Mei Tai










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 The EcoLogic

For the environmentally-conscious among us and those who want the best for our children, it's only "logical" that we choose these ecological and sustainable fabrics. We offer continually-stocked solid colours, as well as a changing selection of prints, in the following:

Bamboo
That's right, you read correctly! We are officially the first sling-maker to offer baby slings made with 100% bamboo fiber! We can't say enough about all the fabulous qualities of this wonder fabric: It's naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial (which means that it naturally requires no pesticides, and also repels odours); is breathable and has wicking properties that are far superior to cotton; and is also suitable for those sensitive to allergens. Bamboo fabric is also purported to have an inherant UV protection factor. As if this weren't already good enough, the plant is highly sustainable. Being the fastest-growing plant on Earth, a bamboo can re-generate to its full mass within six months, and can be continually harvested every three years.

Cotton
Our cottons are imported and certified organic—grown without the use of chemical pesticides. Any dying is done by a low-impact, fiber-reactive process that uses far less water than conventional dying. This is more environmentally-sound because all dye material is reclaimed and not released as effluent. No heavy metal mordants, azo, sulfa or vat dyes are used.

Care
Machine-wash on regular cycle with like colours.
Machine-dry or hang/line-dry.
Do not bleach.
Iron on appropriate setting.

Fabric Type

OAOFs available

100% organic cotton chambray in solid colours

BP; CTEP; RT; SLC

100% organic cotton sateen or twill in prints

CT; SLC

NEW! 100% organic bamboo jersey (one-way stretch)

BP; CTEP; RT


Available for the following sling types:

Ring Slings, any size

$90 CAD

Pouch Slings, any size

$90 CAD

Mei Tais (one size)

$110 CAD

Organic bamboo,
with OAOF-Embroidery

Organic cotton,
with OAOF-Ribbon Trim

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 The Fashion Maven

Gala-worthy silk brocades and silk dupionis assure that you will turn heads while wearing these slings!

Silk brocades
Our silk-rayon brocades are truly gorgeous, and will really get you both noticed! A full swath of the brocade envelopes you and your child, both front and back, and it is as comfortable as it is eye-catching. We use the highest silk content possible in our silk brocades, not cheaper 100% polyester or 100% rayon brocades.

Silk dupionis
Our silk dupionis are 100% raw silk, available in lovely, shimmery hues. These super-light, yet strong silks are our perhaps our most comfortable fabrics, besides the stretch fabrics. They're great is great for fancy outings, yet just subtle enough for everyday wear. This compact sling folds up into practically nothing when not in use!

Please note that the photos don't do these fabrics justice! To see how vibrant the colours are, and to feel the fabrics, contact a local retailer to see if they've stocked what you're looking for, or ask for fabric swatches.

Care
RECOMMENDED hand-wash or dry-clean, but can also be machine-washed on a cold-cold delicate cycle. Note that there may be a slight loss of sheen/smoothness, and the silk dupionis may change slightly in shade after washing.
Hang/Line-dry or machine-wash on delicate cycle.

Fabric Type

OAOFs available

100% silk dupioni in solid colours

BP; CTEP; RT; SLS

95% silk-5% rayon prints

CT


Available for the following sling types:

Ring Slings, any size

$125 CAD

Pouch Slings, any size

$125 CAD

Mei Tais (one size)

$150 CAD


Silk brocade Ring Sling


Silk dupioni Pouch Sling


















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 The Jewelled Silk
The crème-de-la-crème, the truly extraordinary, this is the world's most exclusive baby sling! (And yes, you deserve it, after that hard labour!)

This is for the really fancy-schmancy outings with your little one in arms, and is what we like to refer to as "part ballgown, part baby-carrier." This is the one that celebrity slingers prefer! Introduced in the spring of 2003, we were the first sling-maker anywhere in the world to offer luxury, hand-beaded silk slings that are to be treated as much as a piece of jewellery as baby gear. Other sling-makers out there have tried to imitate it since, but won't easily duplicate it. This is the original hand-beaded, jewelled sling!

We start off with our usual, high-quality, 100% silk dupioni in a brilliant, shimmery solid colour, and then line it with a second lovely layer of dupioni, for contrast. This light silk is the ultimate in comfort, yet still strong enough to tote around a 30-lb./14-kg. toddler. Now, here's where we set ourselves apart: We hand-bead a panel at the shoulder with semi-precious crystals and stones in one of three gorgeous designs. The beads are individually-knotted so that they won't come apart as a whole strand (for the added security of your child, who will surely be dazzled by, and want to touch, the beads). The stones catch light in a certain way, and all of a sudden, all eyes are upon you. (We've had strangers get up from their dinner table across a restaurant just to come compliment us with this one on!)

These slings are completely custom-ordered, and no two are exactly alike! You choose:
  • the colours of silk dupioni: one for the outside, one for the inside lining
  • the beading design: “Floral”, “Dragonflies”, or “Sprinkling”;
  • and your choice of crystals or stones. We've worked with such items as genuine Swarovski crystals (our favourite); freshwater pearls (of many hues, not just the usual white); sterling silver; aquamarine; cubic zirconia, etc..

Prices vary, from $300 to $700 CAD (told you it was luxury!).
Because of the highly customisable nature of this item, most will be ordered directly from our on-line store, although some retailers can special-order this in for you. Please contact us for a price quote on your sling project, or to find participating retailers.

Care
RECOMMENDED hand-wash or dry-clean, but can also be machine-washed on a cold-cold delicate cycle, in mesh laundry bag to protect beading. Note that there may be a slight loss of sheen/smoothness, and the silk dupionis may change slightly in shade after washing.
Hang/Line-dry or machine-wash on delicate cycle.

Available for the following sling types:

Ring Slings, any size

$300-$700 CAD

Pouch Slings, any size

N/A

Mei Tais (one size)

N/A



"Chocolate" silk dupioni with "Carnation" lining: "Floral" design in Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, and freshwater pearls


"Red" silk dupioni, "Floral" design in Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, and freshwater pearls, with matching Mobile Pocket

























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 The Splasher

Solarveil has been discontinued by the manufacturer, and our stock of slings has sold out! We are in the process of looking for a replacement fabric.

There are so many benefits to being able to sling your baby in water: You can bring your child into the pool to splash around with you (or just to become accustomed to the water at a young age), and you can shower with your baby. Hands-free showering or swimming means that you can use your hands to hold on to pool toys, soap, or shampoo, or simply to balance yourself and wade around, all while your child is held securely against you.

*** NOTE: As the name suggests, this sling is for "splashing", or light water activity. Do not attempt to swim with your child in the sling. ***




Splashing at the beach:
Pouch Sling, in Solarveil "Turquoise"

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  ~~~ OPTIONAL ADD-ON FEATURES (OAOFs) ~~~


 BP: The Beaded Panel
Price: Add $30 to the cost of the sling

A more affordable option to our Jewelled Silk slings, this option adds a touch of elegance and beauty to your solid-coloured sling. We were the first sling-maker in 2003 to hand-bead onto slings, and we offer three popular designs: "Dragonflies", "Floral", and "Sprinkling" (a random sprinkle of beads on to the fabric surface). Every hand-beaded kissed baby sling that you see is custom-ordered, so you won't easily find duplicates around!

We use glass and/or plastic beads, and choose colours to complement your sling colour. However, special requests may be taken.

The beads are individually-knotted so that they won't come apart as a whole strand (for the added security of your child, who will surely be dazzled by, and want to touch, the beads).

*** NOTE: This option is not available on reversible Pouch Slings and Mei Tais. If you ask really, really nicely, we can do it for you, but only if you promise not to wear your sling on the reverse, so that the beads won't dig into your or your baby's skin. ***

Available on to these fabrics:

  • The Basic solid-coloured cottons and denims
  • The EcoLogic solid-coloured cottons
  • The Fashion Maven solid-coloured silk dupionis



  • "Dragonflies" on cotton

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    Try these combinations to get a unique look:
    with the OAOF-Contrast Tail
    with the OAOF-Ribbon Trim
    with the OAOF-Second Layer Cotton or Silk







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     CT: The Contrast Tail
    Price: Add $10 to the cost of the sling

    We came up with this design so that our customers could add a splash of colour to the tail of a solid-colour cotton sling. It's great for those of you who love a particular print, but don't necessarily want it all over.

    You can choose from current or past (sold-out!) collections of prints, so this is for all those customers who missed out on some of our fastest-selling prints.

    *** NOTE: This is not a sling pocket—we still stand by our statement that those things bang against knees and thighs! If you're looking for a sling pocket, try our
    Mobile Pocket. ***

    Available on to these fabrics:
  • The Basic solid colours
  • The Basic denims
  • The Basic stretch cotton-Lycra
  • The EcoLogic solid-coloured cottons
  • The Fashion Maven silk dupionis (with dupionis only)
  • Fabric options




    "Floral, Black/Colourful" on "Classic Black" cotton

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    Try these combinations to get a unique look:
    with the OAOF-Beaded Panel
    with the OAOF-Embroidered Panel
    with the OAOF-Ribbon Trim

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     EP: The Embroidered Panel
    Price: Add $10 to the cost of the sling

    Extremely popular since its launch in 2005, this is yet another kissed baby innovation that gets you noticed!

    There's so much room for your own customised look, with your choice of embroidery design, thread colour, and font (where applicable). You can even inquire about setting up your own design (set-up fee applies).

    Current embroidery designs are:
  • Celtic Knot
  • Chinese character "Love"
  • Hibiscus
  • Lotus
  • Monogramme 2-letter (first initial, last initial)
  • Monogramme 3-letter (first initial, last initial, middle initial)
  • Available on to these fabrics:

  • The Basic solid-coloured cottons
  • The EcoLogic solid-coloured cottons
  • The Fashion Maven solid-coloured silk dupionis
  • Browse embroidery designs and
    thread colours and fonts (PDF).




    "Chinese Love, Scarlet" on "Classic Black" cotton

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    Try these combinations to get a unique look:
    with the OAOF-Contrast Tail
    with the OAOF-Second Layer of Cotton or Silk

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     RT: The Ribbon Trim
    Price: Add $10 to the cost of the sling

    Extremely popular since its launch in 2005 as "The Ribbon Sling", this option is fast becoming one of our best-sellers! Take a solid-coloured sling, and to the top rail, add a touch of colour, beauty, or whimsy, in the form of a grosgrain or jacquard ribbon. You can even choose to have a bow stitched on the top rail, to highlight your little bundle of joy inside!

    There are currently over 20 ribbons of various sizes and colours to choose from, and our selection is constantly being updated.













    Browse current collection of ribbons (PDF)


    "Floral, Brown/Aqua" jacquard ribbon on "Teal" Basic cotton Ring Sling (with OAOF Embroidery in "Hibiscus")

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    Try these combinations to get a unique look:
    with the OAOF-Contrast Tail
    with the OAOF-Embroidered Panel
    with the OAOF-Second Layer of Cotton or Silk

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     SLC: The Second Layer of Cotton
    Price: Add $20 to the cost of the sling

    Sometimes people want a lining for their Ring Sling, whether it's for just an inner splash of colour at the tail, or to make a light-weight fabric feel a bit more substantial. These two-layer slings can also be reversible, if you don't mind the flipped shoulder.

    With this Second Layer of cotton option, you can line a solid-colour sling with a print, or vice versa. Mix and match different fabrics—the possibilities are endless!

    Available in these fabrics:
  • The Basic solid colours (match with solids or prints)
  • The Basic limited-edition prints (match with solids)
  • The EcoLogic solid colours (match with solids)
  • The EcoLogic prints (match with solids)



















  • Fabric options




    Limited-edition Basic cotton print with inner layer of "Teal",
    in a Ring Sling



    Same sling as above, reversed

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    Try these combinations to get a unique look:
    with the OAOF-Beaded Panel
    with the OAOF-Embroidered Panel
    with the OAOF-Ribbon Trim

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    SLS: The Second Layer of Silk dupioni
    Price: Add $30 to the cost of the sling

    Sometimes people want a lining for their Ring Sling, whether it's for just an inner splash of colour at the tail, or to make a light-weight fabric feel a bit more substantial. These two-layer slings can also be reversible, if you don't mind the flipped shoulder.

    With this Second Layer of Silk option, you can line a solid-coloured silk dupioni, or even a silk brocade, with a solid-coloured silk dupioni. We can't line a silk brocade with another silk brocade (too thick). Mix and match different fabrics—the possibilities are endless!

    Available in these fabrics:
  • The Fashion Maven silk dupioni (match with brocade or dupioni)



  • Second Layer of Silk in "Carnation", on a "Chocolate" Jewelled Silk sling

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    Try these combinations to get a unique look:
    with the OAOF-Beaded Panel
    with the OAOF-Contrast Tail
    with the OAOF-Embroidered Panel

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    My sling arrived Monday. I am really enjoying it. (my 6-month-old is, too!) The directions that you included were great. This sling is much easier than the padded one to adjust. [...] I only have one complaintI can never go anywhere without someone commenting on my wonderful sling!!!!!!
    —L.H., Sautee, Georgia

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