This WW emerald green silk chameleon tester offers so much support and is comfortable for us even after an hour!
Thought I would include a little summary right here at the top of Emerald’s week long holiday with us here in Singapore as I do tend to get carried away and write the longest reviews ever. smile emoticon
Woven Wings’ Emerald Bourette Silk Geo is a thin-in hand, medium weight strong and solid wrap with the most beautiful GREEN! Bourette Silk is even reputed to have a healing, calming effect on the skin which is perfect for us to soothe our babies (and even ourselves!) as we snuggle them close to us. Thus making Bourette Silk Geos the ultimate WINGS of LOVE. heart emoticon She is very supportive even with heavier babies and she softens up beautifully with use, making her heavenly for younger babies too. She is such an easy blend to wrap with precision as passes glide into place yet offering lots of grip. Chest passes mould onto you and remains breathable. This is also the perfect wrap if you like a good slip-knot, finish off knotless or tie half knots.
And here goes - the full version.
When we found out that an unreleased Bourette Silk Geo would be sent our way in Singapore, we were beyond excited, as we really love Woven Wings Bourette Silk Geos (we have had 3 in our stash for almost a year now, and have holidayed 2 others)!
I thought I would touch on some fibre geekery as Bourette Silk might be something new to some of you as we were once. smile emoticon It is made by the mulberry silkworm and is is obtained by spinning short fibres of silk which results in an uneven surface, giving this type of silk a very significant look. Silk, and particularly wild silk like Bourette, is also known to absorb moisture, which keeps the wearer cool in summer and warm in winter. It also travels well—it is durable, drapey, and resists wrinkling.
One thing that you notice about this wrap right away is a characteristic smell from the Bourette Silk, it is rich and earthy in a delicate and lovely way - we love this smell as it reminds us of mother nature and in particular it reminds me of hay and hence of my time volunteering at the Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore, I digress. Bourette Silk is said to have the strongest smell amongst all other silks though the majority of the smell dissipates after washing, but can return again when wet. Though for our Study of Sky, this smell has not come back at all.
This tester is a true chameleon, such a beautiful Emerald green with flecks of grey and black, set against a white warp. Changing colours and tones in different lights and at different angles. Sometimes blue, sometimes green, sometimes grey, always beautiful! When my husband saw it for the first time, he thought it looked a lot like Snowstorm, however after a week of various geekery shots, we feel that the Emerald green and grey threads are similar to those used for Wynter Solstice. After her stay, I could not decide which side I liked better as I simply loved both sides as much.
If you are encountering a wrap with Bourette Silk for the first time, you might be surprised by the looks, we definitely were when Chestnut Trees first came to live with us. I had in my mind then that all silks are smooth, shiny, soft and slippery. Bourette Silk is like the ‘wilder’ version. It has a rustic look and feels delightfully nubbly and has a subtle sheen. Of all the wraps in the Impressionist’ Series that we have tried, Waterlilies was the most textured with the most nubs, slubs and flecks and Emerald Green Silk Geo is beautifully so like this which adds to its appeal. I love this heavily textured tester so much that I caught myself snuggling up with him to feel him every night during his stay after my babies had gone to sleep ( I am weird like that smile emoticon ). These Geos are also the smallest in size of all Woven Wings’ Geos due to the blend used, we have read that different testing phases had been carried out to make sure that they are of the optimum size to get that perfect wrapping qualities which we have come to know of Woven Wings’ wraps.
Though Emerald was as heavily textured as Waterlilies, she was somehow much softer. And we know from our perfectly broken-in Study of Sky that Emerald has the potential of becoming even softer. In hand Emerald did feel even thinner than the other Bourette Silk Geos we have tried, we were curious to find out how this would affect the wrapping qualities. Even though Emerald is thin in hand, weighing at 280g/m2, she is an excellent medium weight wrap. As with the other Bourette Silk Geos, Emerald was cool to the touch and you can really feel the Geo design, they ‘Pop’ out of the wrap! We have read a winglet mentioning before that the Silk Geos are a Heavenly Trio thanks to a combination of the grippy geo design, the smooth but textured Bourette silk and the stretch of the weave design, we could not agree more.
Emerald’s Wrapping Qualities
On to Emerald’s wrapping qualities. Bourette Silk geos are the strongest of all the Geos we have tried (we have very fortunately tried all released Geo Blends) though being thin in-hand due to the tight weave. This translates to Emerald being such a great supportive and dense wrap with bandage like wrapping qualities.
Our favourite go-to back carry with our 11kg baby for grippy wraps are rucks with different variations. The tester being a 7 meant that I could do some fancy finishes on our walks, often in a Ruck with Goddess finish. This carry was always comfortable for us, even after more than an hour, everything stayed in place even with my curious mega-leaner and leg-kicker. The strength of this wrap meant that baby’s weight was always supported well and he even felt weightless most of the time.
During Emerald’s stay with us, we tested her in a variety of other carries, such as DHs with different variations, FWCC, FCC and even IOCHCC (with soooo much tail wrapped around me that I felt mummified). Emerald stood up well to my baby’s constant acrobatic stunts and still managed to practically wrap by herself, with passes gliding effortlessly into place with just a nice amount of stretch. Being thin and with enough balance between grip and slip, Emerald is mouldable, making snug chest passes easily achieved. As a result, baby’s weight was well-supported and we were both comfortable even in carries lasting more than an hour (baby still nurses almost every hour so uppies hardly last beyond the 1.5 hour mark). I did enjoy this tester in back carries more than I did front carries as I sometimes found myself fumbling with the excess length (being a base size 4+) for front carries done on the go with my head-bobbing baby blocking the way.
With her wonderful nubbly texture, Emerald is a grippy wrap and holds even half knots in place even with heavier babies for more than half an hour. Bourette silk geos are slip-knot perfection, making them a great shorty wrap too. Knots and slipknots are normal sized, and holds relatively comfortably against your chest/body and are easily created and they stay nicely in place without any sag at all. One may wonder if this would mean you would need a work-out to undo that knot, I would say not. What I do is support baby’s weight close to my body as I undo that knot and I find it relatively easy to do so. This wrap is also perfect if you like to finish off knotless or tie half knots as everything would still stay in place.
Emerald also pleats and sandwiches neatly pretty much by herself, making her the perfect wrap for those with OCD.
We brought Emerald out to meet other local winglet friends to let them each have a go and everyone enjoyed her wrapping qualities too. They found her easy to wrap with precision as well and most found this to be the loveliest of all Silk Geo colourways too. We all miss Emerald already and are eagerly looking forward to her release.
Emerald Silk Geo has been such a fascinating chameleon, always surprising us with her change in colours, beautiful all the time! With her incredible and amazing texture, she has been a dream to wrap with as she has the perfect slip to grip ratio, resulting in passes gliding into place effortlessly, and yet she was grippy enough that carries stayed put with ease. Good and neat wrap jobs were achieved with ease as she moulded to us like second skin and wrap jobs stayed in its place even with half knots.
Emerald also provides enough of a slight bounce with just the right amount of stretch which makes her easy to wrap with and there was no sagging. It was also a breeze to work out any slack in one’s wrap job if there was any at all as she was a breeze to tighten. Knots are also easily tied and this wrap rocks a solid slip-knot.
Though thin in-hand, Emerald is a medium weight wrap with a tight weave, making her a solid wrap for us that offers a lot of support for our 11+kg baby which meant that our shoulders were always comfortable. Chest passes were always snug and remained breathable, we would even say this is an airy wrap though it is tightly weaved due to its blend.
Emerald Silk Geo would therefore be suitable for both younger babies and bigger babies, providing tender softness for younger babies once broken in and offering lots of support for bigger babies from the get go. This wrap with its perfectly grippy slip-knots would shine well in shorter lengths too. Said to be thermo-regulating, we can attest that Emerald is suitable for warmer climates like here in Singapore and we can imagine her to work well in cooler climates too. For squishes (and for beginner wrappers), I would personally recommend you breaking in the wrap first before wrapping your baby in her to have a greater and easier wrapping experience. This blend once broken in with wash and wear, can get so soooo soft and floppy.
If you like spongy and fluffy wraps, this is not. However Emerald is in no less not cushy on the shoulders even for bigger babies because of how supportive this wrap is as a result of how easy it is to get her snug with your carries. This Bourette silk wrap might not be for you if you really do not like any nubs at all and cannot tolerate faint smells of hay (this doe s fade away and even disappear with wash). Care-wise, no ironing is needed as this is very much crease-free though hand-washing is usually recommended. (Many winglets do machine-wash theirs though, in delicates settings with the lowest spin). Drying wise, this blend dries the fastest, taking less than half a day even when indoors, fact! This blend also seems to be pull-resistant because of the sheer nature of her tight weave.
Emerald Silk Geo was our go-to wrap every single day of her stay as one can probably tell from our avalanche of pictures this past week and now that she is gone, another Bourette Silk Geo, Study of Sky, is back to being our go-to wrap for both my babywearing husband and I. Woven Wings really weave magic into their Bourette Silk Geos as with all their other wraps so do give this beautiful chameleon Emerald a try at her release, especially if you have not tried a Bourette Silk Geo before. I assure you, you will be pleasantly surprised with both her looks and wrapping qualities.
Thank you very much to the amazing and lovely Sarah and Christina for the opportunity to test this beautiful Emerald Silk Geo, it has been such an honour and wonderful experience. We could not thank both of you enough for all the happy, dearly cherished and special memories that was created (and even captured in pictures) because of her visit.
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