theBarefootMomma

Mother&Child | Organic Botanica | Holistic Care

Tucson, Arizona | 4165 Sales

theBarefootMomma

Mother&Child | Organic Botanica | Holistic Care

Tucson, Arizona 4165 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (465)

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Carolyn Reece

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Carolyn Reece

Announcement    Welcome to the BAREFOOT MOMMA; the home of the organic cotton bengkung bind. We were the very first to bring you an organic bind and we are the only store offering natural plant dyed organic binds. We continue our dedication to only bring you the finest quality dye and organic cotton.
We provide midwives, doulas, birth workers, mothers and babies with our own proprietary pure plant-based organic botanica collection.

From our little outdoor studio in Tucson, we are innovators in sustainable, rain harvested, low- impact, eco-hand dying. Staying connected to nature we create our unique artisan designs exclusively with 100% GOTS certified organic unbleached cotton. Our exclusive Organic Cottons have over 20 PRESTIGIOUS CERTIFICATIONS standing behind them.
GOTS ( Global Organic Textile Standard), OTA, (Organic Trade Association of America ) & Green America, GRS (Global Recycled Standards), Fair Trade, Sustainable Cotton Project, EKO Sustainable Textile, etc. They are Notable Global Leaders in Organic Cotton improving millions of lives daily with their dedication and impact within the textile industry.
Our 100% Vegan Organic Body Care products are
🌟 eco-cert
🌟 sustainably sourced
🌟 fair trade
🌟 USDA organic

We believe when made with love and worn with intension the power to transform is born.
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SUPPORTING SAFE BIRTH
We personally support and donate to Midwife Kits of Direct Relief providing safe birth internationally. Every mother deserves this basic care for herself and her newborn.

WE ARE A MOTHER DAUGHTER BUSINESS

My mother is Katherine: LHE ( licensed holistic esthetician.) Certified in Ayurvedic & Eastern health and beauty protocols, numerous reflexology methods and chroma-light therapies.
Since the 70’s she is an accomplished textile artisan, seamstress (sewn 1000’s of binds now) and self-taught herbalist of 45 years. She refers to herbs as her friends. I understand that now.
I am Carolyn, her daughter: CPD (certified postpartum doula) CA (certified aromatherapist) Family Yoga Instructor, Bengkung trainer and completing my PCES (postpartum corrective exercise specialist.) My eldest son Reece has begun joining us with his desire to eco-dye. We love living a life of color, having created close to 100 hand mixed color combinations over the years!

❓HAVE A QUESTION❓
I am honored to assist.

Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel where I answer all questions with concise video demonstration/response and have playlists on several holistic family care topics and belly wrapping.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uGWU0iQUjw&list=PLYPVU7mOsJmX0tVtRaGERpwyYpQyZRlK9

JOIN US
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I believe in holding sacred safe spaces both in person with the families I support and virtually for the women whom come together in sisterhood.
Let’s connect.

Sign up for our mailing list for secret exclusive coupons and holistic articles we know you will love: http://eepurl.com/c-0T5L

Our Facebook sisterhood for special events: https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/
Our Instagram: @the_barefoot_momma

We look forward to meeting you!
We are grateful and honored to have your business.
👋 Thank you for your visit.
Carolyn & Katherine

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 25, 2019

Welcome to the BAREFOOT MOMMA; the home of the organic cotton bengkung bind. We were the very first to bring you an organic bind and we are the only store offering natural plant dyed organic binds. We continue our dedication to only bring you the finest quality dye and organic cotton.
We provide midwives, doulas, birth workers, mothers and babies with our own proprietary pure plant-based organic botanica collection.

From our little outdoor studio in Tucson, we are innovators in sustainable, rain harvested, low- impact, eco-hand dying. Staying connected to nature we create our unique artisan designs exclusively with 100% GOTS certified organic unbleached cotton. Our exclusive Organic Cottons have over 20 PRESTIGIOUS CERTIFICATIONS standing behind them.
GOTS ( Global Organic Textile Standard), OTA, (Organic Trade Association of America ) & Green America, GRS (Global Recycled Standards), Fair Trade, Sustainable Cotton Project, EKO Sustainable Textile, etc. They are Notable Global Leaders in Organic Cotton improving millions of lives daily with their dedication and impact within the textile industry.
Our 100% Vegan Organic Body Care products are
🌟 eco-cert
🌟 sustainably sourced
🌟 fair trade
🌟 USDA organic

We believe when made with love and worn with intension the power to transform is born.
__________________

SUPPORTING SAFE BIRTH
We personally support and donate to Midwife Kits of Direct Relief providing safe birth internationally. Every mother deserves this basic care for herself and her newborn.

WE ARE A MOTHER DAUGHTER BUSINESS

My mother is Katherine: LHE ( licensed holistic esthetician.) Certified in Ayurvedic & Eastern health and beauty protocols, numerous reflexology methods and chroma-light therapies.
Since the 70’s she is an accomplished textile artisan, seamstress (sewn 1000’s of binds now) and self-taught herbalist of 45 years. She refers to herbs as her friends. I understand that now.
I am Carolyn, her daughter: CPD (certified postpartum doula) CA (certified aromatherapist) Family Yoga Instructor, Bengkung trainer and completing my PCES (postpartum corrective exercise specialist.) My eldest son Reece has begun joining us with his desire to eco-dye. We love living a life of color, having created close to 100 hand mixed color combinations over the years!

❓HAVE A QUESTION❓
I am honored to assist.

Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel where I answer all questions with concise video demonstration/response and have playlists on several holistic family care topics and belly wrapping.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uGWU0iQUjw&list=PLYPVU7mOsJmX0tVtRaGERpwyYpQyZRlK9

JOIN US
————————————————
I believe in holding sacred safe spaces both in person with the families I support and virtually for the women whom come together in sisterhood.
Let’s connect.

Sign up for our mailing list for secret exclusive coupons and holistic articles we know you will love: http://eepurl.com/c-0T5L

Our Facebook sisterhood for special events: https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/
Our Instagram: @the_barefoot_momma

We look forward to meeting you!
We are grateful and honored to have your business.
👋 Thank you for your visit.
Carolyn & Katherine

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Updates

4yr Anniversary Bind! In November 2015 we direct dyed this bind. Now Ice dyed on our exclusive organic cotton muslin in our outdoor sustainable dye studio. Anniversary binds are limited editions of our past beloved favorite color combinations.
Our bestselling three pack of organic cotton eco dyed Bengkung is on a deeper discount than ever before.
10% any three binds (you pick colors, length, and edge finish) PLUS free shipping! * yes go ahead...we are doing a happy dance about it too🥰*
crescent_moonsparkles after 2 years of being asked to bring this to the store, we finally have! I pioneered lunar wrapping in 2015. I am so honored to practice this myself, wrap women for their cycles, and train others in the art of lunar ritual wrapping. full_moonwaning_gibbous_moonlast_quarter_moonwaning_crescent_moonnew_moonwaxing_crescent_moonfirst_quarter_moonmoon
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About theBarefootMomma

Sales 4,165
On Etsy since 2011

Our Story

Barefoot Momma is a mother daughter business. My mother is my greatest inspiration, raising me as a single mom. I was a home birth baby myself, and have aspired to be the mother to my sons that she is for me. We are best friends and love working together in our shared business.
After teaching art as a certified BFA k-12 art teacher for several years I decided to go back to my roots and become a part of the birth community.
I started the business as Natural Momma in 2015 in Tucson, AZ.
I became a CPD certified postpartum doula and CA (certified aromatherapist.)
I expanded my yoga certifications to baby and am and child as a RCYT (registered child yoga teacher) most importantly
I passed the threshold of motherhood with the birth of my first son. My second son was born in 2018.
I am a blessed daughter, sister, wife, and mother living a life as full of laughter I can. I am so honored to be doing the work I now do.

Our bengkung journey began with a collection of sewn natural unbleached muslin binds stamped with wooden textile blocks from India, plus black binds, Indonesian batiks and some direct dyed colors. My very first sale was a black bengkung bind.

2016: we created our trademark look of the twist having the tail be a batik , white or variegated colors. We also were the first to dye the bind with Turmeric and felt it to be a very sacred bind because of turmerics historical use.
We expanded our direct dyed collection and offered free online mini Bengkung classes.

2017: I changed the name to The Barefoot Momma. We began offering a fray edge, more solid colors of dye baths mixes of our own creation and moved away from direct dye to begin our unique artisan ice dyed collection.

2018 my mother and I became an LLC partnership: Expanding on her ice dyed and organic collections, more bath dyed seasonal collections, natural indigo, and brought back some of our previous direct dyed creations. More are still returning.
2018 was also a year of tragedy for us. In the autumn, on my mothers birthday, she spent the day with us to return home that night finding she had lost her home to a fluke electrical fire. Her ice dyed binds are very unique and we had created extremely large special screens for her dying methods. To work on the scale she does was a ingenious creative act in itself. I think she might be the only one doing it on this scale and she lost it all. All of the work studio, dyes and fabric, washing/ sewing machine, etc etc gone.

2019 I expanded the direct dyed collection so that I can help her more in that department. I am also launching online wrap42 summits, broadening our organic collections and organic body care products.
A new concept of ours we implemented this year was to change all the names of our colors from their previous nature titles to little words to inspire and support. I am a lover of affirmations and when scrolling through the names of colors, we use to have names inspired by nature ( flowers, plants, trees, animals, landscapes, environments) with a bit of info of it like our previous Desert Lavender, JackRabbit, Blue Agave, Tiger Lily etc. We saw others beginning to follow that path so we felt it would be more fun and unique to scroll through little words to inspire, comfort and support you. Throughout this year we will be bringing more and more new products and concepts. It is our year of the phoenix.

My mother now lives in a very little casita in my backyard and we are still in the process of rebuilding and expanding our dye studio and the production studio/workroom.
She has a background as a textile artistan, her work having been selected into a juried exhibit by a major museum that went on to tour through out the USA through other major recognized museums for five years. Her artisan garments have been merchandized through art to wear galleries/boutiques. She is the one who teaches me the natural and most eco-friendly ways of hand dying. She is also a licensed holistic aesthetician ( skin care professional) and has been working with natural body care ingredients and essential oils since the seventies. She holds numerous certifications in Reflexology, Chroma-therapy, Ayurvedic and Asian methodologies for health and beauty.

Together, we inspire one another to create with joy and love, striving to exceed ourselves daily.

Shop members

  • Carolyn

    Owner, Maker, Customer Service

    I am a blessed daughter, sister, wife & momma of two sons. I am honored to support families as a CPD, CA, RCYT, Bengkung trainer, and (almost) PCES. I drink too much coffee and believe laughter and hugs are essential 100x a day.

  • Katherine

    Maker, Photographer, Owner

    Old doors, ginger blossoms, writing haiku, waking to my grandsons kiss & creating with my daughter. So so grateful for the life she has given me.

  • Reece aka Flash

    Chief Operations Assistant, Apprentice Designer, Primary Mess-maker

Production partners

  • USPS

    Tucson, AZ

    USPS shipping nationwide for USA

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More information

Last updated on Oct 12, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

We offer 2 lengths. Bengkung binds should be offered in multiple of widths and lengths as there is no universal body shape. A sizing chart is in each of our listing. The majority of our orders are for a stronger sewn edge. Previously we offered custom sewn lengths. If you would like a more custom fit wrap, please reach out so I may create that for you. From our customers, my clients, and the birth workers we supply product to we have found a single length to be wasteful or too short. My exclusive wrapping and knotting techniques of layering I professional instruct and train other birth workers in explain the necessity of different lengths and widths to honor the woman’s body whom is being wrapped in love so she is properly supported.

Care instructions

We recommend hand washing fray binds in cool water. The sewn finished edge may be machine washed gentle cycle ( cool water) with like colors. Remove promptly, hang dry.
Washing instructions are also included with product.

Here is a quick video on how to easily wash your bind:

https://youtu.be/gT5dTgW-zSI

https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/videos/524515218039157/

Gift wrapping and packaging

We pride ourselves in wrapping our products simply and beautifully using responsibly sourced, eco-friendly recycled tissue paper and upcycling our remnants for ribbons. ♻️💝
We want the recipient to feel special when receiving their purchase/gift. Please contact us with specific gift wraps ideas or inquiries.

Wholesale availability

YES! please contact me for more information at carolyn@thebarefootmomma.com

Can I Bengkung wrap while pregnant?

During your first trimester yes. For second and third trimester the Bengkung is not recommended, here is why: https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/videos/690909297778953/

I am years postpartum, can I still wrap?

Yes! Contact us or hop over to our Facebook support page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/videos/667585726777977/

How to wrap

Proper wrapping is very important. Please reach out with questions, I am here to support you. Don’t miss our monthly free class! https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/

Here is a quick guide to proper postpartum wrapping:

https://youtu.be/_uGWU0iQUjw

Using the bathroom while bound

With proper wrapping there is a simple technique allowing you to quickly adjust your bind to do your business. No need to unwrap and rewrap with the technique I’ve come up with shared here:

https://youtu.be/7_4tX2BZwHI

What is the difference of a cut, raw, fray, or sewn bind?

They differ in durability and ease of washing. Traditionally the bind is sewn to provide the most beneficial support.

A pinked cut edge limits the amount of fray because the zigzag crosses the weave of the fabric. May be machine washedd on gentle cycle.

A torn (raw) edge will have a minimum fray edge and threads will still easily come off. Must be hand washed carefully.

A fray edge stabilizes the fabric more by removing lose threads 1/8 inch back to the tighter weave. Hand washing recommended.

Sewn edge should be a rolled serged edge. Ideally a small thin edge is less likely to catch. This finishes the edge giving it stability and strength. May be washed on gentle cycle in the washing machine with other laundry.

Where we source our materials

We focus on responsible, fair trade and eco certified companies.🌿
We work with and source our raw, organic and vegan materials from the following leading companies in their industries:
Green America
Dharma Trading Company
Botanical Colors
Starwest Botanicals
Vereditas Botanicals
Hae Now Organic Tee
Organic Cotton Plus