Fresh from the wrapper and unwashed, this felt light and squished into a soft crumple of fibre easily. The selvedges are perfectly straight and unhemmed and this wrap is beautiful, earthy and very organic-feeling.
How on earth does it have such a magical downy texture? The warp is a machine-spun cotton (alternating beige and natural tones in very faint stripes) but the cotton weft is not only hand-dyed using plant-derived dyes, it's also handspun, imparting fluffiness and cush without adding weight or bulk. Pre-wash, subtle texture variation is apparent throughout the weave, but after a single wash the threads appear very uniform and have fluffed up considerably.
Prae works with women in Northern Thailand communities, where weaving provides an income in agricultural downtime. The cotton is sourced from local farmers and for this wrap, dyes were manufactured from the leaves of the indigo plant (blue), fruit of the Ebony tree (black).
So, after throwing Svethmegh in the wash and impatiently waiting overnight for it to dry, it began an illustrious wrapping career with FWCC. (Please remember my wrappee is 2yo and 12kg/27lbs.)
Holy cush. This is like didymos' famed Natural Hemp India without any of the painful breaking-in, and with much less weight and heft. At 78cms wide and 225 gsm this is a delightful toddler wrap, no stretching to make a seat or spread passes.
The blue middle marker is an easy and quiet nod to utility, and this is love at first wrap. Key words: marshmallowy, tactile, pillowy, comfortable. But it's not all that hard to shine in FWCC, so the next test: an hour's leisurely stroll.
A brief addition: at an expo where I was asked how big is too big to wear, Svethmegh happily rucked a tall 4yo for half an hour. She cuddled my neck and I swayed a whole bunch of new parents into the versatility and longevity of the simple woven wrap as parenting tool ;)
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