Japanese Knot Ooki Oban
Japanese Knot Ooki Oban is a 50% linen blend. Oscha previewed this on Facebook on 16 August 2011, the third addition to the Western Isles Collection: “The linen yarn is finer than previously used for the Ecru Nouveau making for a softer and lighterweight wrap.” Japanese Knot Ooki Oban was released on 19 August 2011 along with Nouveau Islay, Starry Night Jura, Japanese Knot Ooki , Nouveau Oban and Japanese Knot Chiisai Coll (wraps only). Ring slings were listed on 5 September 2011.
“Deep aqua cotton warp with linen weft. The natural linen has a wonderful silvery sheen, with some warmer tones as well. 50% cotton/50% linen.”
There were special offers too: “The size 3 has a small black mark near the hem. The size 5 has small skipped threads, and the size 7 has skipped threads. These wraps have been reduced by 10%.”
Weight (237gsm) copied from Slingofest and unverified by Oscha.
“Inspired by summer boat journeys between Scotland’s West Coast Islands. Evoking images of the shallow turquoise water as the boat leaves the dock, moving into wide, deep waters. The fresh breezes, open blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Rocky coasts dusted with heather, everything fades and cools as the haar* rolls in. These weaves have a delicious deep silky lustre and sheen.”
*Haar (Scottish) is a thick mist, usually cold, typically blowing in from the sea.
26 November 2011: “We’ve had a lot of people asking how many jacquard weave wraps were made in each design/colourway: In the Western Isles Collection there are approx 26 wraps in each style. The extra’s we made by pre-order numbered around 8-10, except for Japanese Knot Islay of which there were around 4. Hope that clears things up!”
‘Ooki’ means ‘big’ in Japanese. The Japanese Knot design comes in two variations, Ookii and Chiisai (chiisai predictably meaning ‘small’).
Because the word ‘ooki’ is used as an adjective you will commonly see it written as ‘ookii’ or ‘ooki na’. Before 2016 Ookii was actually spelled Ooki in wrap names. As explained above, the correct way to write it is Ookii and this has been changed on Oscha’s website and FB page since 2016. Because many people know these wraps by their ‘old’ names, I have left those that have been originally released with the name ‘Ooki’ uncorrected.
Japanese Knot, Nouveau, Starry Night, Strato and Roses were the first jacquard woven patterns released in 2011.
Oban (An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay) is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. During the tourist season, the town can play host to up to 25,000 people. Oban occupies a setting in the Firth of Lorn. Source: Wikipedia.