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SILVER SPONSOR | BÉBÉ SACHI

Bébé Sachi is an international FairTrade, social enterprise that invests in artisan hand weavers from impoverished villages in Bangladesh. Our fabrics are made using traditional weaving methods – hand twisting, hand dyeing, hand spinning, ikkat and hand weaving to produce exquisite baby wraps. Since its inception in 2011, our mission is to provide an alternative to the forced en masse migration of artisan hand weavers into the cities of Bangladesh, looking for employment in textile power loom factories or “sweatshops”.

Every wrap is designed and produced by the Bébé Sachi team and embodies our diverse heritage and love for the tradition of hand weaving. Our designs are inspired by our past to hold our future close.

Mum of 2 boys, Azizah who lives in London, is passionate about natural parenting and baby wearing. A babywearing consultant and Peer Supporter Trainer, Azizah busies herself between her UK sling clinics and libraries, which are run as not for profit community interest companies. Wherever possible she tries to ensure Bébé Sachi give back to her local community in the United Kingdom as well as the communities in Malaysia and Bangladesh.

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BRONZE SPONSOR | SHEARWATER WEAVING

Shearwater Weaving unites my longtime love of babywearing with my passion for design, colour and textiles. I strive to create well made, comfortable and unique, handwoven baby wraps that can used from birth through the toddler years. I love so many aspects of my work; creating something lasting and usable from a simple cone of yarn, dreaming up future colourways and exploring colour through hand dyeing, the peace I feel while weaving on my loom, and the friendships I’ve made with many wonderful babywearers in this close knit community.

I am very excited to be attending Up as both a vendor and fellow babywearer and hope to see many of you there!

Julie xo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shearwaterweaving/

Chatter : https://www.facebook.com/groups/242163685966853/

Instagram: @shearwaterweaving

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BRONZE SPONSOR | WILLOW TREE WOVENS 

As the owner/weaver/dye artist behind Willow Tree Wovens, I am so very excited to be able to not only attend, but to help sponsor this incredible event!

My own baby wearing journey started just over 7 years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child. It started out with a gifted carrier and as my love for wearing grew so did my collection. By the time my third child was born I decided I wanted to add weaving to my list of skills. With a history in fashion design, textile artistry and, with much help and guidance from other weavers in the industry, as well as a very supportive family, Willow Tree Wovens came to be.

The baby wearing community has been so incredibly supportive to me, as a wearer and as a weaver. I love being able to share the love and support by sending Willow Tree wraps out to hosts both experienced and some new, as well as to hosts who I know will take them to meets for others to experience new and fun fibres.

I look forward to seeing some of the amazing presentations at this event, as well as meeting so many in the community!

Website https://www.facebook.com/willowtreewovens/

Chatter page https://www.facebook.com/groups/WillowTreeWovens/

Instagram @willowtreewovens

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BRONZE SPONSOR | VA VA VALOOM HANDWOVEN

Babywearing has been an essential part of my family’s life that has opened up doors to two communities (babywearing and weaving) and led to the creation of Va Va Valoom Handwoven. Weaving baby wrap carriers has been a creative outlet that brings me so much joy and keeps me involved in both of these communities. I love the design process from start to finish but most of all I love seeing something I wove being used to help hold babies close. 

I’m very excited to be a sponsor and to attend the Up Babywearing Conference this fall!

For more information on upcoming projects, traveling wraps or to check out our chatter group please visit the links below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/VaVaValoom

https://www.facebook.com/groups/vavavaloom

https://www.instagram.com/vavavaloom/

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Guest Speaker Introduction – Ratsamy Pathammavong

Ratsamy Pathammavong is a cis, hetero, Lao woman and mother of a toddler. A long-time ‘social justice warrior’ and advocacy facilitator/trainer, baby-wearing and gentle parenting fit her personality and values. When she’s not chasing her toddler, she is a volunteer administrator for All Things Woven Wings, one of the larger Facebook woven wrap company fan groups, and knitter. Her out-of-home responsibilities include managing the health equity and diversity portfolio for one of Canada’s largest charities.

Social Justice – what does babywearing have to do with it?

Feminism, privilege, ableism, cultural appropriation, racism, social justice warrior, and accessibility are all buzz words in media. These terms are also circulating in our babywearing communities on and off-line. Often divisive, but also uniting, these terms evoke strong emotions and conversation. In this workshop, we’ll define and discuss these terms together, and why conversations about social justice are inevitable and important to babywearing.

photo credit to Sarah Condry Photography

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GOLD SPONSOR | DAHLIA

Dahlia is very proud to be one of the main sponsors of the UP Canadian Babywearing Conference, the first large-scale Canadian event bringing together so many people who are passionate about babywearing. Next September, come to Ottawa to meet influential bloggers, speakers, babywearing educators, manufacturers and store owners.

Babywearing education is a priority for Dahlia Wrap. And for Andrée-Anne Perreault, owner and founder, every decision she makes revolves around the safety of her products; in fact, part of Dahlia’s annual budget is reserved for thorough and independent laboratory testing. Dahlia Wrap chooses to partner with events that share the same goals and values, and also supports babywearing educators by offering free or reduced-price products. Their work can make all the difference.

https://www.dahliawrap.com
https://www.facebook.com/Dahlia-wrap-1486102005015476/

 

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Guest Speaker Introduction

Harlan and Madison Kingfisher have been babywearing since the birth of their oldest son Prosper, nine years ago. As a Cree father, Harlan is passionate about traditional First Nations parenting practices that focus on honouring and cherishing children. Babywearing is one thing Harlan is particularly enthusiastic about. With Madison’s help, Harlan has been working to develop a program on his reserve that helps his community return to these traditional parenting practices through babywearing. 

Up is honored for Harlan and Madison to join us and speak about their efforts and what babywearing means to them.