theBarefootMomma

Bengkung | Labor Wraps | Organic Mom & Baby Care

Tucson, Arizona | 3541 Sales

theBarefootMomma

Bengkung | Labor Wraps | Organic Mom & Baby Care

Tucson, Arizona 3541 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (402)
Carolyn Reece

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Announcement    Hello Beautiful!
For Mothers Everywhere; Our Special Sales have begun!!!
Our Mothers Day/Belly Love sales are the biggest savings of the year!!
Have fun shopping and thank you for stopping in. ❤️🌸

Welcome to the BAREFOOT MOMMA, Thank you for your visit.
Our artisan hand dyed binds and labor wraps feature the supreme quality of GOTS certified organic cotton and our premium best selling prewashed natural unbleached muslin cotton. All of our uniquely eco friendly dyed colors are now available with our beautiful organic cotton.
GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standards is the HIGHEST standard for the textile industry and is the only certification of standards for organic textiles. Not only in the guarantee of safe ecological, environmental organic practices from seed to manufactured textile, it also guarantees the social rights of all the employees in that chain. No child labor, all employees have chosen employment, fair wages and employees rights, safe clean working conditions, benefits, etc) It is the ONLY organic textile certification.

Our raw materials and ingredients are eco-cert, USDA organic, and fair trade, in respect and honoring the natural resources of our planet.

Each product is individually handmade for you, named with a thoughtful word to inspire. We are here to support you and honored to do so.

Since 2015 we have supported women and their families with being innovators and creators of new original techniques, concepts and designs. While we are small, we have inspired others that may appear similar to us. Our birth community is growing! 🌱❤️ We are not the largest seller of Bengkung and Labor Wraps on Etsy, but we are truthful, original, transparent, and create clean eco-responsible beautiful quality items.

We are a mother-daughter team. My mother is Katherine: an accomplished textile artistan, seamstress and HLE (holistic licensed aesthetician.)
I am Carolyn: CPD (certified postpartum doula) CA (certified aromatherapist) RCYT (registered child yoga instructor) and Bengkung trainer. My eldest son Reece has begun joining us with his desire to dye and create binds. We love living a life of color, having created close to 100 hand mixed color combinations over the years!

Please reach out and get to know us. We would love to get to know you.
***VISIT OUR NEW VIMEO SITE!!
offering a series of short videos addressing common questions and concerns.
https://vimeo.com/user96561502


Your purchase helps support international charities for birthing women, their babies, and the birthworkers whom support them in their birthing journey.
The World Health Organization reports that only 46% of women in low-income countries benefit from skilled care during childbirth. This means that millions of births are not assisted by a midwife, a doctor or a trained nurse. We want to change that.


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 to keep in touch: http://eepurl.com/c-0T5L

Join our sisterhood: https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/


OUR LOVE FOR WHAT WE DO
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Our unique Ice dyed collection (Katherine):

WABI SABI NATURE OF ICE DYING
When Ice dying, the fabric is prepared for dying and then covered with ice.
The dye is in its powered form and is dispersed over the ice.
As the ice melts, the dye fractionates into its individual particles of colors
illuminating the elements of the formula. Example being a grey dye will fractionate into a multitude of colors to create the grey.
Some artisans ice dye with procion dyes that do not seperate into other colors.
I seek the dye colors that will burst into other colors and am very careful with the amount of ice to bring each color forward.
The Wabi Sabi nature of this method will often reveal the little secrets of the dye formula showing how the creator of the formula used just a dash of a rogue color to enhance or perfect the dye hue. It is common to see the rogue colors and they are a intrinsic special element of Ice Dying.

The air temperature, the size of the ice, how it is laid out, covered, all has to be calculated out for that season of dying and often even for a particular day since we dye all fabric outdoors.
It is not like direct dying which can be done in a very short time in a very small space just about anywhere. I have designed and created 7 foot screens for dying 17 yards of fabric.
This whole process is a unique creation of mine. Ice Dyed fabric has a very special beautiful look which cannot be accomplish or replicated by direct dying. For me, the colors in ice dying always appear joyous.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

Organic collection:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

Direct dyed collection (Carolyn&Reece):
We hand mix cold water procion dye sourced from Dharma Trading into a liquid form using our harvested water .
An assortment of chosen colors are then applied to the fabric and set to batch. 🕰
The order of how the colors are applied and the ratios are all calculated and recorded.
We use rain 💦 from our catchment system for even the quality of water effects the colors. This also assured no chemicals have been added to the water👍

Having lived in numerous lands, each holding its unique complexity of beauty,
there is no end of inspirational colors that live within us.

Our surroundings of the southwest inspire us daily but when you get down to truly how we select our color combinations, it is a organic playful experience. ⛰ 🌵 🌸

SIDE NOTE^^^(I am seeing fiber reactive chemical dyes now being labeled as VEGAN because technically they do not contain animal by-products but we personally feel this is extremely misleading leaving the customers to think they are plant sourced dyes.)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

Solid Vat dye collection (Katherine):
Our monochromatic colors are usually tweeked colors. It is something I have always done. I find a color I love and then add a small dash of me to it. Sometimes I mash two colors I love and see what that is like and often my softer lighter colors are the second bath of my dye because I am always figuring out ways to be more resourceful.
No matter what technique we use, we keep it real, clean, keep it us and keep it fun.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

We look forward to meeting you!
We are grateful and honored to have your business.
Thank you for stopping in to our little family cottage industry. ~C&K

Announcement

Last updated on May 17, 2019

Hello Beautiful!
For Mothers Everywhere; Our Special Sales have begun!!!
Our Mothers Day/Belly Love sales are the biggest savings of the year!!
Have fun shopping and thank you for stopping in. ❤️🌸

Welcome to the BAREFOOT MOMMA, Thank you for your visit.
Our artisan hand dyed binds and labor wraps feature the supreme quality of GOTS certified organic cotton and our premium best selling prewashed natural unbleached muslin cotton. All of our uniquely eco friendly dyed colors are now available with our beautiful organic cotton.
GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standards is the HIGHEST standard for the textile industry and is the only certification of standards for organic textiles. Not only in the guarantee of safe ecological, environmental organic practices from seed to manufactured textile, it also guarantees the social rights of all the employees in that chain. No child labor, all employees have chosen employment, fair wages and employees rights, safe clean working conditions, benefits, etc) It is the ONLY organic textile certification.

Our raw materials and ingredients are eco-cert, USDA organic, and fair trade, in respect and honoring the natural resources of our planet.

Each product is individually handmade for you, named with a thoughtful word to inspire. We are here to support you and honored to do so.

Since 2015 we have supported women and their families with being innovators and creators of new original techniques, concepts and designs. While we are small, we have inspired others that may appear similar to us. Our birth community is growing! 🌱❤️ We are not the largest seller of Bengkung and Labor Wraps on Etsy, but we are truthful, original, transparent, and create clean eco-responsible beautiful quality items.

We are a mother-daughter team. My mother is Katherine: an accomplished textile artistan, seamstress and HLE (holistic licensed aesthetician.)
I am Carolyn: CPD (certified postpartum doula) CA (certified aromatherapist) RCYT (registered child yoga instructor) and Bengkung trainer. My eldest son Reece has begun joining us with his desire to dye and create binds. We love living a life of color, having created close to 100 hand mixed color combinations over the years!

Please reach out and get to know us. We would love to get to know you.
***VISIT OUR NEW VIMEO SITE!!
offering a series of short videos addressing common questions and concerns.
https://vimeo.com/user96561502


Your purchase helps support international charities for birthing women, their babies, and the birthworkers whom support them in their birthing journey.
The World Health Organization reports that only 46% of women in low-income countries benefit from skilled care during childbirth. This means that millions of births are not assisted by a midwife, a doctor or a trained nurse. We want to change that.


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 to keep in touch: http://eepurl.com/c-0T5L

Join our sisterhood: https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/


OUR LOVE FOR WHAT WE DO
——————————————————
Our unique Ice dyed collection (Katherine):

WABI SABI NATURE OF ICE DYING
When Ice dying, the fabric is prepared for dying and then covered with ice.
The dye is in its powered form and is dispersed over the ice.
As the ice melts, the dye fractionates into its individual particles of colors
illuminating the elements of the formula. Example being a grey dye will fractionate into a multitude of colors to create the grey.
Some artisans ice dye with procion dyes that do not seperate into other colors.
I seek the dye colors that will burst into other colors and am very careful with the amount of ice to bring each color forward.
The Wabi Sabi nature of this method will often reveal the little secrets of the dye formula showing how the creator of the formula used just a dash of a rogue color to enhance or perfect the dye hue. It is common to see the rogue colors and they are a intrinsic special element of Ice Dying.

The air temperature, the size of the ice, how it is laid out, covered, all has to be calculated out for that season of dying and often even for a particular day since we dye all fabric outdoors.
It is not like direct dying which can be done in a very short time in a very small space just about anywhere. I have designed and created 7 foot screens for dying 17 yards of fabric.
This whole process is a unique creation of mine. Ice Dyed fabric has a very special beautiful look which cannot be accomplish or replicated by direct dying. For me, the colors in ice dying always appear joyous.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

Organic collection:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

Direct dyed collection (Carolyn&Reece):
We hand mix cold water procion dye sourced from Dharma Trading into a liquid form using our harvested water .
An assortment of chosen colors are then applied to the fabric and set to batch. 🕰
The order of how the colors are applied and the ratios are all calculated and recorded.
We use rain 💦 from our catchment system for even the quality of water effects the colors. This also assured no chemicals have been added to the water👍

Having lived in numerous lands, each holding its unique complexity of beauty,
there is no end of inspirational colors that live within us.

Our surroundings of the southwest inspire us daily but when you get down to truly how we select our color combinations, it is a organic playful experience. ⛰ 🌵 🌸

SIDE NOTE^^^(I am seeing fiber reactive chemical dyes now being labeled as VEGAN because technically they do not contain animal by-products but we personally feel this is extremely misleading leaving the customers to think they are plant sourced dyes.)

https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

Solid Vat dye collection (Katherine):
Our monochromatic colors are usually tweeked colors. It is something I have always done. I find a color I love and then add a small dash of me to it. Sometimes I mash two colors I love and see what that is like and often my softer lighter colors are the second bath of my dye because I am always figuring out ways to be more resourceful.
No matter what technique we use, we keep it real, clean, keep it us and keep it fun.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/theBarefootMomma/items

We look forward to meeting you!
We are grateful and honored to have your business.
Thank you for stopping in to our little family cottage industry. ~C&K

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Updates

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Another belly wrapping knot :
Many women and birth workers love this knot as it holds more firm than a Bengkung knot can. If you like the tutorial, please give it a heart. You’re invited to join our Vimeo channel <3 https://vimeo.com/329235742
Thank you customers! Because of your support we are able to gift our 8th rescue gift to the IRC. Thus far you have helped us provide 2 newborn care kits, 3 safe births, 2 safe passages for refugee families and now care for a mother and baby.
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About

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 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 vat 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, 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 very proud and blessed daughter, sister, wife and momma . I am honored to support women and families as a CPD, CA, RCYT, and Bengkung trainer. I drink too much coffee and believe laughter and hugs are essential 100x a day.

  • Katherine

    Maker, Photographer, Owner

    The birds at dawn are amazing here Often at this time I am outdoors ice dying. That peaceful moment then becomes a crazy wild day with washing, dying, sewing, packaging and keeping the little ones fed, hugged, busy and happy. Beautiful Life!

  • Reece aka Flash

    Chief Operations Assistant, Apprentice Designer, Primary Mess-maker

Production partners

  • USPS

    Tucson, AZ

    USPS shipping nationwide for USA

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on May 5, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

there are many factor for sizing so please contact us with questions.

For custom sewn stronger binds we require three measurements to fit your bind.

Please visit our Facebook support page or our YouTube channel to reference a short video on how to size a stronger sewn bind. Both links are located in our shop info under available linked websites.
https://www.facebook.com/theBarefootMomma/videos/725429747660241/

https://youtu.be/ZGAjEMh5-58

Care instructions

To preserve our non toxic eco safe dye- we recommend washing items in cool water with like colors on a gentle cycle.

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 nicely using responsibly sourced, eco-friendly and recycled products. 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. Traditionally the bind is sewn to provide the most beneficial support.

A pinked cut edge limited the amount of fray because the zigzag crosses the weave of the fabric.

A torn (raw) edge will have many loose thread on it and it not suitable for wearing. The fabric has been ripped open, destabilizing the open edge.

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

Sewn edge should be a folded 3 or 4 thread overlock stitch with a serger. This finishes the edge giving it stability and strength.

Where we source our materials

We work with and source our raw, organic and vegan materials from the following leading companies in their industries:
Dharma Trading Company
Botanical Colors
Starwest Botanicals
Vereditas Botanicals
Hae Now Organic Tee
Organic Cotton Plus