The up and coming Dutch company PinkNova has out done themselves yet again. You saw us in the beauty Cherry Chapstick Kiss and now we have the pleasure of wearing another Pink Nova, Cloudless Birds of Paradise. This wrap combines simple design with elegance and decadence. This is our second foray into wearing silk and this blend did not disappoint. Combining smooth glide, grip, and contrast I am enjoying all that I see from PinkNova so far.
The wrap is a pale sky blue with white trees and birds flying around the tree. The design is not intrusive or oversized, almost spartan and as an accent to the blue color. The opposite side of the wrap is a dominant white featuring blue trees and birds adding a stark contrast as compared to the right side of the wrap. I found that I intentionally introduced a shoulder flip or chose a carry where I could show off both sides of the wrap simultaneously. Right out of the color coordinating bag the wrap is soft and smooth. The birds and trees are embossed giving the wrap an embossed feel.
Silk is a decadent fiber in clothing and has long been associated with luxury. Silk lends an incredible amount of strength and support to the fibers with which it is usually spun. Silk has been used as fishing netting, ropes, belts, and even as parachutes as well as water resistant and bullet-proof clothing. It is an incredibly strong fiber with a tensile strength to rival the strongest hemp blends and easily lends itself to babywearing. Once spun into thread, the dry silk fibers do not have the tendency to agglutinate or stick together giving it the smooth texture. The smooth texture lends itself to the glide in the wrap, allowing for smoother passes, less creasing, and an overall neater carry. Silk is heat retentive, which initially was a concern for wearing in the midst of one of the hottest Arizona summers to date. The blend favored the cotton over silk allowing the wrap to be breatheable with good air flow. Even in 112+ Fahrenheit (44+ Celsius) I found that while moderately heat retentive, it was not greater than a 100% cotton wrap.
What we like about Cloudless Birds of Paradise
I love glide almost as much as I love grip. The ability to have a nice smooth pass without the extra work of retightening when in a hurry is a pleasure. Usually you cannot get a wrap that has both qualities, either the weave is even and depressed with alot of glide or the wrap has a great deal of grip from the embossed weaving pattern or tactile fibers are used to introduce grip. The Cloudless Birds of Paradise has both glide and grip. The weave of the trees and birds is slightly embossed from the surface of the wrap and is tactile. I would catch the twins rubbing the birds saying pretty birds which was very cute to watch as they enter that tactile phase of their toddlerhood.
Silk is a special care fiber. Too much agitation in the wash can ruin the fiber and make it stick to itself in cold water. I recommend laundering silk/cotton blends in warm water on a delicate cycle in liquid detergent with the lowest speed spin. Because agitation causes the silk fibers to stick together, tumble dry is not an option. The wrap should be laid flat to dry and ironed while damp on a low heat setting to prevent steam. Wearing the wrap is all that will be needed to manipulate the cotton in the blend into an even softer state.
Embossed birds for grip and silk for glide is the best of the wearing qualities in a single sentence. Because silk is a low density fiber, it makes the wrap lightweight. When laundered, ironed, and folded, Cloudless Birds weighs less than the average cotton wrap even measuring in at 240g per square meter. It wrapped a very comfortable ruck with full coverage of the seat, and enough wrap to have full coverage of my baby’s back. I usually stick to single layer carries in the summer to prevent my ladies from overheating. the lightweight nature of Cloudless Birds allowed us to add the multi-layer passes without risk of heat retention.
The cotton sourced for the wrap is an extremely soft yarn to start and lends a supple feel to the wrap. It easily collapses on itself adding pliability to the list of attributes. The shoulders are comfortable in spread position making a hip carry or one shouldered carry an easy task. In a sandwiched position the shoulders are absolutely marshmallow soft, as if padded. We wore a Poppins and Robin’s Hip carry with ease and comfort, tying a large knot without difficulty. Tandem carries were a dream with everything from Short Back Carry to Rear Reinforced Ruck Rebozo being an easy choice. A front Rebozo Carry was supportive and didn’t pull at the shoulder or displace the back carry. Back carries with a half knot such as Back Wrap Cross Carry or Secure High Back Carry were easy and no extra pressure or digging at the sternum was felt from the half knot. The contrast in the two sides of the wrap made beautiful finishes, the candy cane chest belt being high on that list.
Curious to see the wrap in action? Check out our latest tutorial, Double Hammock, Tied at the Shoulder (TAS) on YouTube. More tutorials to come with this wrap, stay tuned or subscribe for the first look at how well this wrap performs.
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