Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review - Oonlamoon Eri Silk wrap

For the last few days I've had the pleasure of hosting Oonlamoon's Eri silk wrap.

What is Eri silk? I wondered too... here's the answer: unlike mulberry silkworms, eri silkworms create their cocoons from short, discontinuous fibres; because this silk can't be reeled, it's spun into yarn, giving it the texture of a cotton/wool blend rather than the slipperiness we usually know as silk. However, the resulting thread has the same shine and softness - an attractive combination for babywearers!

What does this mean for the resulting wrap? Well, it's floppy, springy and cushy with the most divine watery-smooth drape. It feels fluffy in hand but wraps quite sleekly and is very easy to tension strand by strand. It's incredible how differently it wraps to cotton. It has a gentle grip which holds a second pass nicely, (the tester I've had here is a size 4) but doesn't catch enough to make it a challenging wrap.

Wrapping a 11kg/24lb toddler I couldn't quite believe this was all-silk. It would be amazingly cuddly for a newborn.
 It's very supportive and bounces forgivingly. The gently tapered ends are nice for a less bulky knot and tie-off. I did have to retighten my top rail when rucking but I prefer having a little more give in the selvedge to having a hemmed selvedge, so that's fine. The weave is very consistent and I couldn't spot any imperfections or skipped threads. All of Oonlamoon's wraps owe their earthy tones to natural dyes so you don't have to worry about your baby sucking the rails!

I feel like this has all the benefits of wool - bounce, cush, that lovely tactile feeling - without any of the drawbacks. It's easy to wash and doesn't need a lot of special care for drying, and the weave is quite fine and difficult to catch or snag. This being a travelling tester, it's been through a few homes now and is still perfect.


  1. I'd love to get a baby carrier for my baby that's due in September. Thanks for the great review!

  2. My little man is just over two weeks old and this would be great for managing him and his 2 year old brother

  3. i would love to get the carrier for my little girl due in July!! :)

  4. I would love to use this with my son who is 3 months old.

  5. I would love to win one for my daughter