Weaving beauty, artistry, and luxuriant fiber selection into one stunning wrap, the Mokosh-Wrap patterns, blends, and color selections are alluring. Based in Krasnodar, Russia, the wraps are jacquard woven from cotton, mulberry silk, cashmere, merino wool, and even tencel. The color selections are inspired by nature such as reindeer moss, blueberries, and spring flowers. Mother, babywearer, and owner of the company, Amata Chleck shows brilliance in design and execution of her brand.
Eywa is a turquoise colored wrap with repeating small black florete pattern swirling on the surface of the wrap. The pattern is flat, not embossed or tactile. The design is composed of black mulberry silk fibers which are less pronounced on the opposite side. The wrap is finished with quarter inch rolled hems on both rails and tails. The tapers are average size, and the wrap is generously cut to allow for shrinking with a high cotton fiber count. The color of the turquoise seemed to take on more vibrant blue hues in direct sunlight and more muted blue green tones under indoor lighting.
The wrap is soft and supple, easily moldable. The silk content adds sheen, with silk fibers naturally displaying a glossy, almost shimmering appearance. Mulberry silk is harvested from the domesticated silkworm moth. Ancient silk production resulted in the death of the silkworm in order to preserve the silk woven by the moth into the cocoon. Modern silk production now is dramatically different. The process now allows the silkworm to survive, maturing into an adult and removed from the production process. This provides a more ethical method of collection of silk for use in textiles. The silk fiber extraordinarily lightweight making it desirable for fiber arts. The tensile strength, water wicking, and heat retentive properties enhance the cloth produced. This lightweight quality of silk makes Eywa extremely lightweight, even more so than expected. The diagonal stretch is moderate, giving the size four we tested the feeling of wrapping with a short five.
What we like about Eywa
Eywa arrived so lightweight I didn’t suspect it was a wrap. Usually there is a density to a wrap, you can easily identify the contents of the carefully wrapped package despite all the packing. I initially mistook it for a holiday gift, arriving just before Christmas. My eldest begged to open it, he was expecting a video game, and was all shades of disappointed when it was a wrap. I was taken aback at how thin and lightweight the wrap was. I initially thought this is definitely a wrap for a newborn and certainly not toddler worthy. Boy was I wrong! I am impressed by the support in such a lightweight wrap. Not only did it stand up to single layer carries without sagging or yielding under the weight of a 28 pound toddler, Eywa did this with comfort. Usually a thinner wrap also digs at the shoulders or waist where the top and bottom rails are easily overtightened. Another impressive characteristic as Eywa provided that little bit of stretch from the higher cotton content resulting in a comfortable Ruck, Poppins, and Robin’s hip carry.
Eywa is wonderfully supple, easily made smooth passes without work. I love multi-layered back carries especially and dislike having to fight with a wrap to get a pass nice and neat. . This added feature of not adding pressure allowed one shouldered back carries to be fantastic and gave me a chance to try out a Double Hammock Rebozo. The chest pass flowed easily without the need for any extra work to remove the slack. The wrap was a great width to make deep seats and have full coverage across my baby’s back. A symmetrical Half Jordan’s Back Carry with Candy Cane Chest Belt was another exceptionally comfortable and supportive carry.
The color choice is stunning, it made it easy to wear whichever colors we wanted. The wrap almost seemed to show more blue tones in bright light and look more blue-green in softer light. We are in the midst of an El Nino winter bringing many overcast days as well as rain. The cloudy days made the lighting a little softer allowing the green notes in the color to shine. The pattern on the wrap was subtle, not so overt and while repeating across the length of the wrap, almost appeared different depending on the carry.
For a wrap so very thin, I expected to have digging at the shoulders in single layer carries. I actually found the Rucksack carry to be a great go to carry for Eywa. It was comfortable and with an added reinforced seat was supportive and inescapable for my dancing toddler. As far as hip carries go, Robin’s Hip Carry is a personal favorite. I enjoy Poppins as well but in a thicker wrap I can sometimes struggle with tightening a pass as a distracted baby moves around. I found both Robin’s and Poppins to be easy to tighten and comfortable to wear. The spread passes of Poppins pleated perfectly, making an elegant finish while reinforcing the carry. Hip Wrap Cross Carry was equally supportive and here, the grip in Eywa worked as a decided advantage.
We wore quite a few different carries and always test the wraps out with front, hip, and back carries. Eywa saved the day more than once, calming an overtired toddler or just giving that extra bit of security when needed. The Front Reinforced Torso Rebozo is a great one shouldered, secure front carry. The silk fibers balance out the soft stretch of the cotton giving Eywa rock solid support for bigger children. Silk is well-known for having a high tensile strength and the addition to this wrap makes it toddler worthy.
Despite the thinness of the wrap, Eywa produced some epic knots with the added glide were easy to tie. There is more glide than grip to this wrap but no so much that the wrap is slippery. It did require special attention to caring for the wrap. Silk must be washed on warm water with minimal agitation. The silk fibers will stick together in cold water and excess agitation aggravates this agglutination. A quick fluff and drying laying flat followed by a low heat, no steam iron finishes out the laundry process. I did not find any disposition toward pulls or even broken threads so this could easily be an everyday use wrap. Overall this was an easy wrap to wear without the need to fight to get a beautiful carry.
- Humane Silk harvesting from the silkworm moth Bombyx mori.
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