“Yes please. Here is my money; take it, take it all.”
I used to like the ‘idea’ of a silk wrap, I loved the look of the Woven Wings silks in particular; I thought those little nubs of colour were beautiful, but I never actually wanted one for myself: “Silk wraps are hard to clean, difficult to wrap with, smell funny, and are hot” I thought.....
I was then lucky enough to get wear Waterlillies at our photoshoot and it was a gorgeous wrap but being new it was still fairly crisp so I still wasn’t sold. Christina is a cheeky monkey though and she brought along her own Study of Sky to the photoshoot for us to feel a wonderfully broken in one, and I had an admiring stroke but that was all we had time for. She didn’t give up there though, oh no! I then received that same Sky one morning at my front door….and that day was the day I feel head-over-heels in love with Woven Wings silk forever more!
So when Christina offered me a play with her new dark blue silk geo, well I almost bit her hand off! ....Let me tell you a bit more about it, and I'm especially talking to you silk newbies, like I once was.
Where else can I start but by first discussing the colour. This blue! It is a rich petrol blue with the most beautiful flecks of silvery grey, set against a white warp. It shimmers and changes tones in different lights; sometimes it’s a cool steel blue, but others it’s wonderfully warm. As with all Woven Wings it’s an extremely flattering colour and seems to go with everything.
It is deliciously thin and light in-hand wrap, weighing in at 280g/m2 post wash and wear, it’s a great middleweight wrap. The weave is more similar to the cotton geos (Blush and Dove) than the flatter weave of the linens and merinos ; you can really feel the geo design. The silk smell isn’t strong at all, it’s delicate and lovely, but it also fades with each wash. The drape is light but reassuringly floppy, and with every wear it gets softer and softer - thanks to that infamous Study of Sky I know EXACTLY how amazing it will end up! As it breaks in it becomes cuddly; almost like your favourite old t-shirt. And no it’s not hot at all!
The most important thing you need to know though is how it wraps. Well, it wraps like a bandage. It’s a size 6 wrap and I’ve gotten better chest passes and Double Hammocks and other multipass carries from it than any other wrap I’ve ever tried. It’s thanks to a combination of the stretchy weave, the smooth silk, and the grippy geo – a heavenly trio. That second pass glides snugly into place for you and then sits comfortably against your chest and on your shoulders. Knots are easy to create and stay nicely in place, and fancy finishes are easy to achieve.
I was worried that the silk would mean the wonderful diagonal stretch that is so synonymous with the geo weave might be reduced, but no, I needn't have worried! It is this that helps me wrap my tall 4 year old so easily and comfortably. The stretch in the weave also gives you the ‘suspension’ but the silk prevents that from turning into uncomfortable bounce.
Lastly, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised to hear that you can machine wash this particular silk wrap! Just make sure it’s a cool wash with low spin. I chose my 30 deg C ‘delicates’ wash preset. It also seems to dry quite quickly – I think this might be due to the silk. Now what could be easier to care for than that!
So, it turns out silk newbies, there is absolutely nothing to fear with a silk wrap like this beautiful blue geo from Woven Wings!
This is our new favourite wrap. Fact.
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