Didymos Prima Monochrome Hemp

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Prima

Fibre:
75% cotton, 25% hemp

Measurements:
438cm long, 67cm wide, 232 gsm

Key words:
Classy, airy, tough, mouldable

 

 

How can I break thee in? Let me count the ways…

That’s an appropriate beginning really – for, though it may not sound like it, this is the start of a love story.

 

 

When Monochrome first arrived, that’s not what I thought I’d be saying. It was nice enough to look at, but as soon as I touched it – wow, you know it’s a hemp blend. It was stiff and rough – oh, so rough. After a wash, tumble dry and steam iron, Monochrome was ready to wrap with – but nowhere near broken in.

Before you click away or write off this wrap as something you’d never want – hang in there! Remember, this is a love story…

Monochrome isn’t unpleasant to wrap with when it’s not broken in – it’s pliable enough and you can certainly get a comfy wrap job. It’s just…not special, not inspiring. But the key with hemp, I’ve learned is time. It’s patience.

 

 

Monochrome lost its stiffness reasonably quickly, becoming decently mouldable within a week, and nicely drape-y within 2 weeks. Where this wrap is stubborn is in its softness. If you’ve ever owned a really broken in hemp wrap, you know that they can be just wonderful – buttery soft and delicious. It’s a good job I knew this, because Monochrome hangs on to its hemp roughness like it’s a liferaft.

 

 

But you know what? I’m stubborn too. I wasn’t about to let a wrap beat me. So, I wrapped with it. I slept with it. I played tug o’ war with it. I tumbled it on cold. And finally, one day, I grabbed it to throw my son onto my back for the nursery run – and there it was. The softness. And right then, I started to fall for this wrap.

 

 

The hemp buttery-ness is worth waiting for. It’s soft, and delightful to handle. The drape is wonderful and the mouldability is, too – snug wrap jobs are a breeze with Monochrome.

 

 

And talking of a breeze, Monochrome is so nicely airy. This is really an inherent characteristic of the Prima weave, and I love it. Combined with its 232 gsm, I think Monochrome is going to be superb through the warmer spring and summer months.

 

 

The 25% hemp in this blend is just what’s needed to give that 232gsm weight an extra ‘oomph’ of support. Whilst I wouldn’t reach for it with my preschooler, I enjoyed this in both single and multilayer carries with my toddler. The support is of the firmer, flatter variety, but at no point did I find Monochrome diggy (even before it was properly broken in). It’s got plenty of glide, so – believe it or not – once it’s broken in, this is an easygoing wrap which doesn’t make you work for a decent wrap job. It also feels tough, hardwearing. I haven’t been afraid to work Monochrome hard or drag it through the mud, and it’s stood up to everything I’ve thrown at it. It’s just so dependable and reliable (I’ve yet to get a bad or uncomfortable wrap job with it).

 

 

 

And finally, there’s Monochrome’s aesthetic. True black, crisp white – this high contrast Prima manages to be both striking and classy. It’s easy to feel elegant in Monochrome and it would be a great black-tie event option. Yet it also goes with everything in my wardrobe and doesn’t look out of place with a tee and leggings (my standard daily look).

Monochrome, as it turns out, is a darn good wrap.

 

 

And so, as my frustration with Monochrome (why won’t you BREAK IN??) turned to love, it feels appropriate to end with lines from another love poem. This one, by E.E.Cummings, has always seemed rather appropriate for babywearing.

 

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear…)

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life:which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

 

Prima Monochrome Hemp is available to purchase here: https://www.didymos.com/en/Babywearing/DIDYMOS-Baby-Wrap-Sling/Prima/Baby-Wrap-Sling-Prima-Monochrome-Hemp.html

 

Didymos Ada Natur

 

AT A GLANCE

Brand / weave:
Didymos / Ada

Fibre:
68% cotton, 25% hemp, 7% tussah silk

Measurements:
479cm long, 67cm wide, 275gsm

Key words:
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┬áreally 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.