AT A GLANCE
Brand / weave:
Didymos / Ada
68% cotton, 25% hemp, 7% tussah silk
479cm long, 67cm wide, 275gsm
Supportive, textured, elegant, sheen, soft
Natties! Ah, possibly one of the most divisive colourways in the babywearing world. Some love them, some are terrified of them. I used to fall in the latter camp (the mud! The tomato sauce! The horror!) but having taking the plunge with a Natural Silk Prima, I have happily decamped to join the natty lovers. I adore the subtle elegance, the effortless goes-with-all-outfits style (and it turns out they’re not the stain attracting nightmares I envisaged).
Ada Natur embodies many of the qualities I love most about natties. The light cream colour is warm and flattering. The weave brings wonderful texture and elegant detail. And it has such wonderful, beautiful lustre. Natur really glows in sunlight – particularly in the late afternoon sun, when it seems to reflect the golden rose tones of the sky.
This is a new blend for Didymos, and I have to say I think it’s very successful. It’s not a high silk content, but is nevertheless enough to add an extra softness and sheen to the initially coarse hemp. It helps Ada Natur to feel more luxurious even in loom state. I find hemp can be quite variable in quality, but I love this hemp – the yarn is consistent in width with very, very few nubs. The hemp also complements the silk really well; they are similar in tone and both have wonderful lustre.
In loom state, although beautiful (with the sheen immediately evident) Ada Natur is somewhat rough and stiff. I believe this down to a combination of the hemp, and the fairly textured nature of the Ada weave. After handwashing and ironing the wrap had softened only a little. However, with use (and some ring dragging – I’m impatient with the breaking in process!) Ada Natur has quickly started to transform. It feels almost as though the hemp wants to break in. At the time of writing, the wrap is already nicely soft and floppy, but I can feel it has even further to go. Once this is fully broken in, I expect it to be gloriously soft!
Compared to the original Ada, Natur is thicker and more solid – I definitely notice less stretch and give when wrapping. It initially also felt much more textured and grippy, but this is easing as the hemp breaks in. Once fully broken in I expect Natur to be comparable to the original Ada in both texture and grip.
The hemp and the silk both make this a wonderfully supportive wrap. I’ve worn my 3 year old in a Double Hammock for over an hour in complete comfort. I think this would make a fabulous shorty for bigger babies and young toddlers (I’d probably stick to multi-layer carries for older toddlers and pre-schoolers and I like a longer wrap for this). In a longer length, the world’s your oyster – I think it will be a fabulous all-rounder. If you’re thinking of using it with a very young baby/newborn, I’d recommend making sure it is well broken in first. I feel it’s too stiff and rough when new to be an ideal wrap for really tiny babies.
Natur will handle most weather pretty well. Weighing in at 275gsm, it isn’t going to be the coolest wrap for truly hot weather, but the airiness of the Ada weave will help to bring some breathability in those circumstances. In any other weather, I think Natur will perform very nicely.
If you’re willing to take the natty plunge (and honestly, you should), Ada Natur is a wonderful wrap. Sturdy, supportive, yet beautifully elegant with luxurious lustre – Natur is an everyday, special occasion, little baby snuggling, toddler hauling workhorse.