Matrix Ursula is one of five patterns woven for the Oscha Team Purple group exclusive. The Purple Reign collection is an exclusive preorder by the group ‘Oscha Team Purple’ and features 5 patterns: Andaluz Maleficent, Sekai Megara, Matrix Ursula, Orion Narissa, Victoriana Briar Rose. Orion Narissa was a bonus pattern to keep the warp exclusive and cater to everyone’s different tastes (or almost everyone).
Order form opened on April 27th 2016 and closed on May 8th. Items were shipped on October 4th 2016. Draw for extra extra’s on October 21st 2016.
“A rich purple warp and a simple black weft are a stunning combination on this versatile wrap. Woven with organic combed cotton for a cushy softness, and with wild silk for a little extra strength and a beautiful breathability.
Malleable straight out of the bag this wrap will soften with a little love to become much more floppy and soft. Perfect for all ages, this wrap is a great all-rounder.
56% organic combed cotton, 22% wild silk, 22% cotton, 261 gsm, 67cm wide.”
The names of the wraps/colourways are based on mythology and fairy tales – some might know them mostly from Disney movies. The names represent Dark (weft, villains) and Light (weft, princesses/maidens). Additionally the whole collection’s name (Purple Reign) is a nod to the song ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince (or whatever you want to call him) who passed away on April 21st 2016, around the time the collection was completed. The definitive names were decided by the admin team. Not all members were pleased with it, especially with the name Ursula, but in the end it was just a name.
Purple pantone used is 2607C.
First released as ‘Matrix Satori’, this wasn’t regarded as a very popular pattern, until the release of preorder wrap Matrix Adara (black weft on a blue-purple warp). It was suggested that the popularity of Matrix was then increased by the popularity of striped handwoven wraps. Matrix has since become a popular pattern, both as regular releases and part of preorders.
Inspired by the movie ‘The Matrix‘ where green binary code flows vertically across a black computer screen, the release of Matrix Satori was accompanied by a fun photoshoot that featured clothes and accessories (sunglasses!) reminiscent of the movie.
Following the Disney theme of the collection, Matrix Ursula was named after purple villain Ursula the sea witch from the movie The Little Mermaid – based on the story written by Hans Kristian Andersen. There was some initial backlash about the name, being associated with such a scary, unlovable character.