November 13, 2015
Symphony Winter Daydream
Twice Loved and Modern
Name/Design/Description: Symphony Winter Daydreams
Material/Fiber/Yarn: 60% Combed Cotton 40% Peruvian Pima Cotton
Weight: 267 gr/m2
Wrappee: 22 lb 19 month old
From Polotno-Studio: Symphony is a pattern in which we tried to translate music into fabric. But how can you convey harmonies, character and wealth of tone, rhythm and dynamic waves, ideas and emotions of a symphony? One should probably just listen to it. Or wrap into and wear babies in our Symphony) First release of the pattern is called Winter Daydreams in honor of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, in which the composer tells about his impressions from the Russian nature that he truly loved and describes winter roads and Russian North with the help of music.
This wrap is so unique, unlike any other cotton I have tried so far. Actually I would have guessed it wasn't cotton if I didn't know better. The feel and wrapping qualities are most similar to a tussah silk blend I had a bit ago, Artipoppe Tweed Beach. It has the amazing spongy cush of tussah silk which I have never experienced from cotton before. It feels thicker while wrapping than you would expect considering the weight but it's not beastly and dense as it has the lightness of tussah silk. There is quite a bit of texture and it holds very nicely but I didn't find it sticks to itself too much.
The first carry I tried with this wrap was a shepherds carry. I don't typically like a shepherds carry (although I keep trying) but apparently it's because I've been using the wrong wraps because this blew my mind. It was absolute perfection for a shepherds. It provides lots of cush for the shoulders and the spongy quality holds my toddler's weight really nicely without being diggy at all, which is one of the things I struggle with for shepherds. It hugs and holds you beautifully and although the knot is a bit of work it's well worth it. I think I literally said "whoa" out loud because I couldn't believe how much I liked a carry that I never like! This is also absolutely perfect for a ruck or a rebozo carry and those two are my go-to options right now they've just hit the nail on the head for me. It has to be one of the cushiest bounciest yet still sturdiest 100% cotton wraps I've tried. I wish I could keep it for myself!
It almost feels like there are layers woven into this wrap that lend to the spongy feel, and the weaving looks very intricate with this gorgeous colorway. I think these colors are so perfect for Fall, I love the combination of the dark burgundy with teals and blues. This pattern is something I have been wishing for as well and I haven't seen it from many machine woven companies. I find that this wrap feels more on the "dry" side but it's not as dry as say Pavo Otomi Temoaya. There was no breaking in required with this which is a huge bonus for me. It has some light diagonal stretch for great snug but not a lot and it certainly doesn't sag at all!
For me personally this is an ideal shorty! It's cushy without being too thick or dense, it's like a textured cloud on my shoulders, it doesn't stretch too much for a single pass carry and doesn't sag or budge. This might not be my first choice for a new wrapper just because I think the texture and thicker knot might feel a little overwhelming if you don't have any experience but it's also not the worst choice for a beginner. This wouldn't be overwhelming for a smaller baby but I think of this as a toddler wrap due to the cush and support for a bigger kid especially as a shorty.
I am so please with this wrap and I can't wait to see what comes next from Polotno-Studio I think they are doing really great things!