Didymos Prima Monochrome Hemp



Brand / weave:
Didymos / Prima

75% cotton, 25% hemp

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 Silva



Brand / weave:
Didymos / Silva

78% cotton, 12% linen, 10% silk

488cm long , 67cm wide, 324gsm

Key words:
Cushy, supportive




You’ll have to forgive me. I know, opening a review with a squeal is not ideal. But I have been so excited to get the chance to review this wrap! Didymos has previewed/teased Silva a number of times, and each time I have been intrigued by it. So, let’s find out: has Silva lived up to my expectations?



When you first handle this wrap, you don’t think of it as heavyweight. It has a gauzy texture and feels bouncy, full of air – voluminous, but not heavy. So I was surprised to find that this weighs in at a pretty hefty 324gsm. The secret behind this magic trick? Double weave, a technique which creates two independent layers of fabric regularly joined together via the pattern.



Double weave can, if desired, produce a completely different colourway on each side (or ‘face’) of the wrap (Didymos’ Fiorentino is a good example of this). With Silva, Didymos have opted for a more subtle approach. At first glance, you might assume that this wrap has just two colours – cream and green. However, a closer examination reveals that there are actually two different shades of green. One face of the wrap has warm-toned green silk, and the other has slightly darker, cooler-toned green linen. Both shades are stunning, and compliment each other wonderfully well. Rather than competing with each other, the two greens work harmoniously together to add depth to the overall colourway. I have to say, I like it very much indeed.



This leaf design is new for Didymos, and the wrap’s name – Silva – is inspired by it (Silva is Latin for ‘forest’ or ‘woodland’). The design, particularly in this gentle colourway, isn’t bold or attention-grabbing. Rather, it’s elegant. It’s refined. If wraps were used by the characters of Jane Austen novels, they might look something like this. I can imagine Jane Bingley fashioning it into a classic FWCC as she heads out to make her afternoon social calls.



Even in loom state Silva is smooshy in hand, and after a wash it fluffs up even more. As you might expect from this description, Silva is a cushy wrap. A very cushy wrap. The shoulder-feel is delightfully comfy. There’s a little bit of bounce and movement in the weave too, and this adds to the pleasantly cushioned feel – there’s nothing flat or hard about Silva. As it breaks in I also expect it to get deliciously soft!



The gauze-like weave feels quite textured in hand, so I wondered whether it might be very grippy. However, Silva actually has wonderful glide and is very easy to tighten. So often, heavy-weight wraps can be a little intimidating for new wrappers. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Silva to beginners – it’s lovely to work with. Along with the glide, Silva is surprisingly mouldable, easily giving me a very snug chest pass in a Double Hammock. This is a quality which I love, but tend to associate with thinner wraps, so finding it in a thick wrap is wonderful.



These qualities all make Silva a wonderfully comfortable and supportive wrap to use. I tried it in a Front Cross Carry, ruck, Double Hammock and no-sew ring sling with both my 20 month old toddler and 4 year preschooler – and it was comfortable every single time. Yes, every single time. This makes Silva one of the most versatile wraps I’ve ever tried.



In multilayer carries I barely noticed my toddler’s weight, but I would have no hesitation using Silva in single layer carries with him. When wrapping my preschooler I (unsurprisingly) preferred multi-layer carries, but I was also very impressed with the level of comfort achieved in single layer carries. Shorty or base size – this is a wrap which really will shine in every length. Silva’s combination of cush and mouldability even make it a great ring sling.



Though it may not feel heavy, Silva is still a thick wrap and produces a fairly bulky knot. This didn’t bother me but is something to keep in mind, particularly if you’re used to thinner wraps. I do feel that the overall bulk is not quite ideal for a newborn, as the bunched passes may overwhelm very tiny legs. Unlike other thick wraps, however, the mouldability is so good that I think Silva would be a good option for a small baby, as well as a superb choice for toddlers and preschoolers.



Here in the UK we’ve been waiting and waiting for spring to arrive, and I’m still not sure we’re quite there yet. But Silva’s gentle colouring makes me think of the first fresh leaves on the trees, and its fluffy lightness has a delicacy which reminds me of the apple blossom we pass on the way to my son’s nursery. Yes, it’s still chilly here, and it snowed this past weekend. But with Silva, I feel like I’m already holding my own little piece of spring.


Happy Fluffy Anna



Brand / weave:
HappyFluffy / handwoven

100% cotton

370cm long (plus 6cm fringes), 69.5cm wide, approx. 226gsm

Key words:
Thin, airy, mouldable, vibrant



You may recall that I recently tested another of HappyFluffy’s wraps, Diamond Coal. Proving that HappyFluffy can boast variety in its wrap offerings, Anna is substantially different to Coal – always a nice experience!



Anna is a handwoven, with a very pretty weave – pleasantly detailed and intricate. The weave pattern provides nice visual texture and is a good counterpoint to the simple stripe colour pattern. The striking black fringing adds extra elegance and I found myself opting for carries to show this off! Anna’s colours are perfect for this time of year – a rich plum and royal blue, with the black warp adding extra tonal depth. It’s a strong, beautifully vibrant set of colours.




By contrast, the wrapping qualities are very gentle, well suited to newborns and smaller babies. Anna is nicely soft, moderately thin, and mouldable. The weave is very airy, something which I think is a real benefit when wrapping newborns who can overheat so easily. It’s got a fair amount of stretch (although I didn’t notice much bounce). Despite the textured look of the weave, Anna is actually pretty smooth and has a lot of glide.




The drawbacks? Well, Anna is definitely more of a baby than a toddler wrap. I could get away with my young toddler’s weight in multi-layer carries, but it wouldn’t be my first choice, and in a few months more I suspect it might feel a little diggy. The glide translated into slipperiness at times for me, and I found this also meant Anna was also somewhat pull prone (I tended to be cautious wrapping with it outside).




But not every wrap is going to walk that delicate line which makes them suitable for toddlers and babies alike – and Anna is a great wrap for small babies. My lovely model adored using this wrap with her tiny little one, finding it soft, comfortable and easy to use. If you’re in the market for a beautiful, soft squish wrap, Anna is worth considering!


Wrapping Qualities Explained


Last weekend I had the privilege of helping to run a workshop with Tina Hoffman at at The Wrap Show. Together, we explored the language the babywearing community commonly uses to describe wrapping qualities, defining terms and discussing what they really mean.


Handling a variety of wraps which exemplified the different qualities was something the workshop attendees found very helpful. I’d love to offer that to everyone reading this post, but sadly, we can’t feel wraps through the internet…! So instead, here’s my best take on terms commonly used to describe wrapping qualities. I hope it’s helpful. If you have questions, or comments, please do let me know – the discussion during the workshop was so interesting and engaging. As a community, I feel it benefits both seasoned and new babywearers to think about the language we use to help us understand the wraps we use.


Tina also shared some really interesting insights into wrap fibres and fibre care, and how this can also impact on wrapping qualities – but I won’t attempt to summarise that here, as her expertise far outstrips mine!


Opposite of thin

Mainly used to describe the in-hand feel of a wrap. Feels substantial and heavyweight when holding it. Will produce a large knot. Often (but not always) has a high gsm.

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos November’s Mist, Natibaby Indigo Indivisibility Cloak


Opposite of thick

Mainly used to describe the in-hand feel of a wrap. Feels lightweight, sometimes even delicate when holding it. Will produce a small knot. Often (but not always) has a low gsm.

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Cashmere Silk Ellipsen, Oscha Paradise Erraid, Didymos Kupfer Graphit Prima


Opposite of dense

Loose, open weave which allows air to move easily through it. When held up to a light source, the openness of an airy weave is particularly obvious. Often (but not always) a thinner wrap, lightweight in hand.

Other words often used: breathable, cool

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Ada Ocean, Didymos Acqua Waves


Opposite of airy

A close, tight weave. Dense wraps tend to feel warmer when wearing.

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Carmin Fische, Natibaby Indigo Indivisibility Cloak


Opposite of textured

This typically describes the in-hand feel and look of a wrap. When you run your hand along a smooth wrap, you don’t notice much variation in texture. Smooth wraps even sometimes feel silky in hand. A smooth wrap is often smooth due to its weave, but can also be smooth because of the fibres used. Certain types of silk are very smooth, as is bamboo and tencel.

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Tinge Garden Ivy, Didymos Natural Silk Nino (mulberry), Didymos Natural Silk Millefiori, Didymos Agave


Opposite of smooth

This typically describes the in-hand feel and look of a wrap. When you run your hand along a textured wrap, it will feel bumpy. This is often because the weave has large variations in its thickness, as part of the pattern, but can also be because of the type of fibres used. A wrap which has not yet been broken in is also more likely to feel textured (and this may change as the wrap is broken in).

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Bebe Sachi Khadi, Didymos November’s Mist, Woven Wings Spearmint Tea Lace, Firespiral Barnacle Aqua Seafoam


Opposite of glide

This is a quality experienced when wrapping, best described as resistance when tightening. It is particularly noticeable when the wrap is moving across itself (e.g. in the second pass of a Double Hammock). Grippy wraps can be harder to knot. High texture wraps are often grippy.

Other words often used: velcro-like

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos November’s Mist, Bebe Sachi Khadi


Opposite of grip

This is a quality experienced when wrapping, best described as low resistance/friction when tightening. As with grip, it is particularly noticeable when the wrap is moving across itself. Smooth, low-texture wraps often have good glide.

Other words often used: smooth, slippery

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Natural Silk Nino (mulberry), Didymos Agave, Didymos Natural Silk Millefiori

(Slippery: so much glide that passes do not hold easily in place, and very firm knots are required to prevent the wrap from moving and slackening. Often a slippery wrap will not hold a slipknot well [or even at all].)

Opposite of solid

Stretch is the elasticity of a wrap – how it stretches out as you are pulling to tighten it. This quality can often be noticed from the in-hand feel of a wrap, but is most experienced whilst wrapping.

Other words often used: elasticity

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Liscas


Opposite of solid

Bounce is related to stretch. They key difference is that when stretched, a bouncy wrap will ‘recover’ or spring back (to varying degrees). This is often most noticed once you have completed your wrap job and tied off. A bouncy wrap will move with you, and allow your child to move up and down a little with your movement (even if you have tightened very well). It can feel a little like the wrap is hugging you, or like shock absorbers.

Other words often used: movement, springiness, stretch, elasticity

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Flamingo Lisca, Didymos Light Blue Wool Prima


Opposite of bounce and stretch

A solid wrap does not have much bounce/stretch. When wearing, it feels firm and often sturdy. A tight wrap job will hold your child very closely to you, almost making it feel as though they are glued to you when you move.

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Carmin Fische, Didymos Agave


A mouldable wrap holds closely to your own and your baby’s bodies, following the shapes and curves. It is supple, malleable and has a fluid drape. Broken in wraps are more like to be mouldable (and a wrap which is not initially mouldable may become so after breaking in).

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos original Ada, Woven Wings Blue Sapphire Geo, Didymos Natural Silk Nino, Didymos Lisca Minos


Cush is a particularly difficult term to define – it’s used widely, often with slightly different meanings depending on who is using it. It’s worth bearing this in mind when you see it used. Cush is commonly used to describe the feeling of a wrap on your shoulders – a cushy wrap will feel a little cushioned, or spongey. It will be comfortable, and will not feel flat/hard. It will not dig into your shoulders.

Wrap(s) which exemplify this: Didymos Flamingo Lisca

Didymos Ada


Brand / weave:
Didymos /  Ada
100% cotton
480cm long, 76.5cm wide, 214 gsm
Key words:
Thin, smooshy, mouldable, stretchy, textured

This is a new weave for Didymos, so I was very excited to have the chance to test it out and evaluate the wrapping qualities. When I first took Ada out of the box, I was surprised by two things: how soft it was, even in loom state, and how incredibly intricate the pattern was. Of course, intricate patterns are nothing new for Didymos, but Ada is even more detailed than their previous offerings.

Ada is a wonderful mix of dark denim blue and a warm, light grey neutral. It’s an easygoing colourway, perfect for matching with jeans. The decorative detail of Ada means I can throw the wrap on top of jeans and a plain t-shirt and feel stylish, pulled-together – great for those days when nothing is quite going according to plan and choosing a nice outfit is not a priority. I can’t quite make up my mind how I feel about the design overall; I love all the intricate detailing and the geometric style, however at times it feels a little ‘busy’. This is a personal preference and I expect there will others who love all the detail. I hope Didymos will consider releasing a low-contrast colourway, as this may minimise the ‘busy’ feel of the pattern.

I washed Ada on a standard 30 degree cycle, tumble dried on low and steam ironed. I could tell the wrap had fluffed up during the wash/dry process, but still wasn’t expecting the wrapping qualities I found. Somehow, this 214gsm all-cotton wrap almost has cush. It’s sort of squishy, or smooshy – it feels to me a little as though it has hundreds of little air pockets woven in. This makes it so comfortable to wear! Because of this puffiness it’s more supportive than I expected. Ada handled my 3 year old in a Front Cross Carry amazingly well – I did need to tighten well (you won’t get away with sloppy/loose toddler carries in this wrap) but once I did this, Ada distributed and supported the weight very nicely. I also enjoyed wrapping my 3 year old in a Double Hammock. In a DH, I found the squishy feel of the wrap disappeared, instead feeling quite flat on the shoulders. However with good tightening, Ada provided me with a snug, comfortable carry. With my large 6 month old, every carry I’ve tried has been wonderfully comfortable, allowing me to wear him for several hours at a time with absolutely no discomfort. It’s worth noting that the smooshiness of the wrap produces a slighter larger knot than I’d expect for 214gsm, but it’s by no means obtrusive.

The other notable qualities of this wrap are its thin, floppy mouldability, and dry texture. The mouldability is wonderful, easily matching the curves of my own and my children’s bodies. It’s a huge help in achieving precision carries. Ada is neither the driest nor the most textured wrap out there (certainly I had no problems tightening a second DH pass, although knots do stay nicely in place), but as this is not typically a feature of Didymos wraps it bears mentioning. Ada has some nice airy stretch and movement to it – it’s not in Lisca territory, but it’s far from a solid weave. I think it might be a little pull prone, but equally pulls will be easy to fix.

Didymos’ extra wide wraps really are very wide – Ada measures 76.5cm after washing (and a whopping 80cm in loom state!). I found the extra width of the wrap nice when wrapping my 3 year old, but at times a little awkward when wrapping my 6 month old. Because the wrap is fairly thin I don’t feel it adds a lot of extra bulk, but I do find myself adjusting the spread of fabric on my back when wearing my 6 month old in front carries, to ensure that his weight is evenly distributed along the width of the wrap. I find the width more awkward to distribute in a back carry – this hasn’t been a problem since I rarely back carry at this age, but if you’re back wrapping a small baby it’s something you may want to consider.

Ada is a truly great wrap, and I’m so excited about this new weave. It feels like Ada brings together a lot of the things Didymos does best. If you like thin, mouldable wraps with some stretch, I think you will absolutely adore Ada. Even if these wrapping qualities are not your first choice, I’d still recommend trying Ada – I have been so impressed by it, and I think you may be too.

Didymos has now released Ada. At the time of writing, it is out of stock on the Didymos website, but still available at other retailers. If you try it, please do let me know what you think!

Didymos Cashmere Silk Ellipsen


Brand / weave:
Didymos / Ellipsen
50% cotton, 30% silk, 20% cashmere
396cm long, 68.5 cm wide, 135 gsm
Key words:
Thin, soft, glide, sheen


Cashmere Silk Ellipsen (CSE) is perhaps the least well known of Didymos’ mulberry silk blend natty wraps, but is still HSA and difficult to track down.


CSE is 50% cotton, 30% silk and 20% cashmere. And yes, this blend feels just as luxurious as it sounds. Like NSN (Natural Silk Nino), NSM (Natural Silk Mille) and NSI (Natural Silk Indio), CSE is unusual in that it is woven with all of its fibres in both the warp *and* the weft. This gives CSE an incredible softness. Picking up this wrap is like handling spun air; it is soft, bouncy clouds of near-weightless elegance.



Once you’ve stopped stroking it, the next thing you’re likely to notice about CSE is the weight. This is a seriously thin wrap, weighing in at a nearly unbelievable 135 GSM. Whatever you do, don’t hold it up to the light. CSE is like gauze and will terrify you. You’ll think that this fabric can’t support a fieldmouse, let alone your baby. And you’ll be wrong.

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CSE is thin, it’s true, and is definitely a wrap for a small baby (older babies and toddlers need not apply). But within this category, CSE is a superb wrap. The silk and cashmere add support and strength to a wrap which, in just cotton, would be way (way!) too thin. In this blend, the weight of CSE is lovely, particularly if you’re having a summer squish. The thinness of the wrap makes it incredibly mouldable; you can achieve such wonderfully snug, precise wrap jobs with it. Wrapping with it is a unique experience – it almost wafts around you.


Didymos’ Ellipsen weave is fairly smooth and flat, and combined with the silk content this gives CSE lots of glide. This makes it oh-so-easy to tighten, but verges on the edge of slipperiness – I found I needed to tie off firmly with very tight knots. I found that this tendency towards slipperiness also made CSE somewhat pull prone. CSE has a little bounce from its cashmere, but not much – it sits fairly flat and firm on the shoulders.


In terms of its looks, CSE is effortlessly classy and elegant. It made me feel put together on days when, juggling a new squish and a toddler, just presentable would have been a big win. CSE’s Ellipsen pattern is very subtle. It’s cream rather than white – a lovely warm toned natty. The mulberry silk gives it a beautiful sheen, adding extra depth to the natty colouring (the sheen does not photograph well but is lovely in person).

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Overall, CSE would be wonderful for special occasions, but is so soft you may well want to use it everyday with your tiny, delicate squish. It’s not a wrap you’re likely to use beyond the first few months, and even for newborns it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. But if smooth, thin, moldable, supersoft wraps are your thing, you might just want to try to track down CSE for your squish and experience this stunning wrap for yourself.









Didymos Sage (Salbei-Natur) Prima


Brand / weave:
Didymos / Prima
100% cotton
471 cm long, 69.5 cm wide, 240 gsm
Key words:
Mouldability, glide.


Two things stood out to me when I first wrapped with Sage: the mouldability and the ease of tightening. Combined, these two characteristics allow me to get extremely snug wrap jobs (particularly in back carries) – I feel as though I’m gluing my toddler to me! This snugness is what makes Sage so comfortable for me. It’s not cushy, but (with proper tightening) it isn’t diggy. Having Isaac hugged so closely to my body distributes his weight fantastically.






The lovely mouldability/glide combination in Sage is pleasant in front carries, but I’m particularly enjoying it with back carries. It makes absolutely beautiful chest passes. I don’t always get a perfectly snug or even chest pass, but with this wrap it’s really easy to do. The horizontal lines on indios really make any uneven tightening of a chest pass very obvious – mine are often just a little bit slanty or wavy. In Sage, they always seem to end up dead straight, even though the wrap is hugging me like a second skin. This shows just how easy it is to work with and to tighten.


Perfect alignment, superbly snug


Sage definitely has more glide than grip, but after tying off it feels nicely solid and doesn’t really go anywhere. For prolonged periods of carrying with a toddler (an hour or more), you might need to tighten once, but slippage is certainly not a big issue with this wrap. In hand Sage has quite a lot of stretch, but oddly I didn’t find it unusually stretchy (for an indio) when wrapping. It did have a nice little bit of bounce, which contributes to the overall comfort of the carries.




At 240gsm, Sage’s weight may seem on the thinner side to those used to other brands. However, this is a weight which works really well with indios. In mutli-layer carries it’s beautifully comfortably with my 23lb toddler, but I wouldn’t have any hesitation in using this with a newborn either (as it wouldn’t swamp or overwhelm them with bulky leg passes). The knot is a pleasant size – not tiny, but not huge either. I’ve found this most supportive in back carries with my toddler, but front carries have also been comfortable for up to 30 minutes.




I might hesitate to use this with a preschooler, because it isn’t a cushy wrap, and I suspect the some of the comfort from the super-snug carries might be a less effective with a seriously heavy child. (As I don’t yet have a pre-schooler, feel free to correct me on this!)




The wrapping qualities of Sage are so lovely that it’s almost easy to forget its other charm: the colour. Its grey-green seems particularly difficult to capture in photos, but I love this beautiful, lightly-coloured neutral. It’s not bold, but is gently flattering, and I really appreciate how easy it is to pair with lots of different colours. Sage’s indio weave is slightly different to usual, resulting in a beautiful ‘speckled egg’ appearance on the right side of the wrap. This is perhaps my favourite part of Sage’s appearance.






My overall impression of Sage? It’s subtle, elegant, and just my style.