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The yarns used for the Didymos regular product range are manufactured exclusively for DIDYMOS. In addition, they source suitable yarns which in limited quantities that meet their high quality standards. Once the wraps and slings made out of the limited yarns are sold out, most of the limited editions will not be released again. These yarns include fibres such as linen, hemp, silk, wool, cashmere and other luxury fibres.
Didymos baby carriers have always been woven with yarns free of chemicals and heavy metals; safe enough for a baby to chew on. In order to maintain a rigorous and continuous quality control, no part of the production is outsourced to low-wage countries. The fibers used by Didymos are all organically sourced from countries Didymos feels can be trusted to provide ethical working conditions for their labourers.
Cotton is a great workhorse fibre yet is soft & cuddly enough for a newborn and strong & supportive enough for toddler and pre-schooler wearing. Cotton is easy to care for and quickly becomes soft with only a few washes and wears. It is highly recommended as a beginner’s first wrap due to its ease of use!
You can carry any size or age of child in a cotton wrap comfortably. Thin cotton wraps are usually soft & moldable brand new in the box and require little to no breaking in process! We like to recommend thinner cotton wraps for new babies as they are easy to work with in learning & executing carries for the first time, especially with making passes under a new babies small legs! They also result in a small finishing knot which is less cumbersome for a new wearer and looks very nice! Cotton is not as cool as linen, or as warm as hemp. It is not as insulating as wool, or as strong as silk. Thicker cotton wraps are supportive enough for any age and size. We like to recommend thicker cotton wraps for older or heavier children as the higher weight of the fabric provides additional cush for the wearer.
What to expect - Natural, untreated cotton shrinks a bit during the first wash. Therefore, your new DIDYMOS has additional fabric length to guarantee that your wrap or sling has the correct length after washing. Cotton as a natural fibre may show irregularities in thickness. Such natural and typical structures are characteristic for Didymos baby slings and do by no means affect the wearing comfort or the durability of the warps and slings.
Care - Unless differently specified, all Didymos cotton Baby Wraps and Slings can be washed at 60°C/140°F on a delicate cycle. The recommendation is less is best when using laundry detergent. Use little, preferably liquid detergent that is suited and recommended for the fabric in question (make sure that the detergent is WITHOUT optical brighteners, bleaching or softening agents). Detergent residue or mineral accumulations reduce the elasticity of the fabric. We therefore recommend to use water softener if your water is hard. Hint: Pour some vinegar into the softener compartment of the washing machine for the last rinse. This helps to avoid such accumulations and reduces the typical smell of detergent. Didymos also recommends to only spin dry at low speed and only tumble dry in the dryer and avoid excessive heat. Ironing is advisable for all wraps, as it helps to prevent folds from forming always in the same places which might affect the durability of the fabric.
Linen has a gorgeous lustre and shimmer that creates a visually beautiful wrap. Linen also has fabulous temperature and moisture regulating properties and is one of the most popular fibres for babywearing in warmer climates or for wearer’s who tend to hold heat within their bodies and have a tendency to perspire. Linen fabric is smooth and cool to the touch. Its coolness, and its ability to absorb up to 20% moisture without feeling damp, makes it an ideal fibre for warmer weather wraps & slings. It is a strong and supportive fibre with minimal elasticity and as a result can feel hard and diggy on the shoulders unless blended with another fibre. The combination of linen and cotton in Didymos wraps & slings creates a perfect balance of softness, cush, moldability, support and strength. This combination tends to feel very solid when wrapped. It doesn’t stretch or sag and is ideal for newborns right up to preschool age.
What to expect - Didymos exclusively uses top quality linen. A natural fibre, linen threads may show irregularities in thickness which give a vivid structure to the yarn respectively to the fabric. When linen is processed, these irregularities will be visible in the fabric and in the pattern (stripes, bright-dark effects, thicknesses and differences in repeat patterns). Such natural and typical structures are characteristic for cotton-linen blend DIDYMOS baby slings and do by no means affect the wearing comfort or the durability of the warps and slings. Linen is known for creasing which at the extreme can result in perma creasing which is permanent creasing resulting in always looking wrinkled. Perma creasing can occur when the carriers are being stored while wrinkled, over drying, or even just regular use. Steam ironing regularly and rolling instead of folding the wraps can alleviate the wrinkles and creasing, but please note that wrinkling is inherent with linen to some degree and this does not the integrity of the fibre or the wearability of the carrier.
Linen wraps & slings do tend to have a longer breaking in process than cotton and sometimes but not always longer than hemp as well.. They can often feel quite stiff brand new in the box but after a few washes and wears, start to soften up nicely. Once fully broken in, the fabric becomes very soft and squishy! If you find that the wrap becomes a little diggy when wearing, make sure to tighten all of the slack when executing your carry to begin with. In addition, a thicker or higher weight wrap will provide more cush which is ideal for carrying heavier babies and older children or for those who have picky shoulders!
Care - Baby slings and wraps made from cotton/linen blend are easy to care for. They can be washed at 60°C but have to be spinned on gentle cycle. Use liquid detergent only as washing powder may affect the carrier by entering the hollow linen fibre structure and slowly weaken the fibres. The individual linen fibres are in the forms of fine tubes, which swell when wet. During drying, the fibres shrink and the cavities constrict, but the powder detergent does not shrink, and so become wedged and they enlarge the fine tubes. Over time, the linen fibres grow brittle, then eventually deteriorate. Linen can be tumble-dried, but should only be dried to damp as it is much easier to iron when damp. Tumble-drying and steam-ironing is one of the most effective ways to break a new linen wrap in. Linen breaks in to be squishy soft. For general guidelines on washing, please see the Cotton care section.
Hemp is a natural fibre that has a lustre similar to linen although without as much shimmer. Despite, hemp belonging to the cannabis plant family, the plant grown for its fibre contains too low a level of THC to be used as a psychedelic drug. Hemp is dense and fibrous. It is an incredibly strong, durable fabric that very resistant to tearing and mould! Hemp typically lasts four times longer than cotton.
Hemp is a beautiful to wear once “broken in”. However, it can be a little bit intimidating brand new in the box. Before a few washes, hemp is often described a bit like a screen door! Once a hemp wrap is washed and worn, it doesn’t take long to become silky, buttery soft while still being one of the most rock solid fibres out there. Hemp is notoriously known as being super supportive. Therefore, many select this fibre from newborn to preschool age as the silky softness is ideal for an infant and the support is ideal for the heavier child. Hemp can be on the warmer side, but a thinner hemp in a looser weave such as an indio is still a favourite among popular summer wraps. Hemp does not have a lot of bounce or give when being worn which provides a rock solid carry. However, with very heavy children, this can dig into the shoulder if all the slack is not taken out of the carry from the start. A well executed carry in a hemp wrap can be one of the most comfortable and supportive fibres to wear!
What to expect - Didymos exclusively uses top quality hemp. A natural fibre, hemp threads may show irregularities in thickness which give a vivid structure to the yarn respectively to the fabric. As with linen, when hemp is processed, these irregularities will be visible in the fabric and in the pattern (stripes, bright-dark effects, thicknesses and differences in repeat patterns). Such natural and typical structures are characteristic for cotton-hemp blend Didymos baby slings and by no means affect the integrity or structure of the wrap. The nubs and slubs tend to be a bit more common in hemp wraps compared to linen but this is often thought of as the natural beauty of hemp. Similar to linen, hemp is known for creasing. Therefore, it is important to not fold the wrap the same way all of the time.
Care - Hemp is fairly easy to care for and loves heat. A warm or hot wash with a tumble in the dryer is a great way the new stiff texture to become smooth and buttery soft quickly! However, please note that excessive heat can cause hemp to shrink or become overly dry feeling and therefore we recommend following the washing guidelines that Didymos sets forth which is under the Cotton care section. I generally treat and care for my hemp wraps the same way as I do my linen wraps. Some tips for speeding up the breaking in process is to use dryer balls and steam iron! However, even without these extra steps, hemp becomes remarkably softer much quicker than linen.
Wild silk is a very fine natural animal fiber derived from the cocoon of the silkworm pupae and is a very labour intensive and thus costly process to harvest. Silk is one of the strongest natural fibres, and is thus very supportive. Similar to linen, silk wicks moisture while its low conductivity keeps warm air circulating close to the skin and acting as an insulator in cool weather. Therefore, it is an ideal fibre to wear year round! Unlike linen, silk loses up to 20% of its strength when wet and can be pulled out of shape very easily in this state. When wet, silk should be gently pulled into shape and line-dried out of direct sunlight. Silk has very poor elasticity. It lacks stretch and bounce and therefore can become diggy. A higher weight wrap can offset this digginess but due to the expense of silk as a fibre, the wraps and slings are generally weaved with a lower weight and therefore tend to be thinner wraps. These wraps are still very supportive but do tend to more appropriate for smaller babies or for multiple layer carries with heavier babies. Silk also keeps warm air circulating close to the skin in cool weather due to its low conductivity. Silk has an unparalleled lustre and shimmer. The fibre woven into a fabric is soft right from the start with absolutely no breaking in required. It has a lovely flow and drape and is quite easy to wrap with. However, it can be a bit slippery so proper tightening and the tying off in a secure knot is needed.
What to expect – The silk used for wild silk wraps and slings gives them not only the typical silky shine but also a particularly soft surface. The fabric feels very fine and smooth. The silk used for tussah silk wraps and slings is made from the cocoon of the Oak Silk Moth. The wild silk worms live naturally and their silk is gathered after the moth emerges. Tussah silk is somewhat irregular which gives it quite a special charm which is characteristic in its nubs and slubs.
Care - Silk requires special care. Only wash in lukewarm water and never tumble dry. Hand washing or machine washing on delicate without any spin is recommended. Damp silk fabrics are sensitive to light and should not be dried directly in the sun. silk wraps can still be ironed but it is recommended to only iron on the silk setting. Exposure to heat will diminish the silk’s lustre and shimmer.
Wool is an animal fibre obtained from the fleece of sheep. The properties of wool are temperature regulating and moisture absorbing. Wool fibres readily absorb moisture but are not hollow. Wool can absorb almost one-third of its own weight in water. Makes sense that diaper covers are often made of wool! Because wool is temperature regulating and is breathable, it is an ideal fibre to wear year round. Wool is also antimicrobial which means that it is naturally resistant against bacteria and fungus.
Cashmere is a very soft and fine natural fiber derived from the undercoat of the cashmere goat. It is considered a luxury fibre and is one of the most valuable and most expensive natural fibers. Cashmere is super soft and snuggly - like a kitten’s belly! However, it can be very expensive and therefore cost prohibitive to many.
What to expect - Some wool can be on the scratchy side but can become soft quite quickly with use. Wool has tremendous elasticity which provides the ultimate in cush and bounce when wearing in a wrap or a sling. It is very supportive and comfortable to wear. Cashmere is super soft straight out of the box. It is a fibre that is luxuriously soft and cuddly right from the start. Like wool, It generally has a good amount of bounce and cush. However not as much elasticity as wool.
Care - Many people are intimidated by wool and cashmere wraps due the special care required. However, it is not as hard as it seems. Most people choose to hand wash but if you have a front loader that has a wool and cashmere setting, there are some people brave enough to trust these machines. Personally, I love the therapeutic qualities of handwashing.
As with all baby carriers and slings, it is best to use liquid detergent that is free of optical brighteners, bleach or softening agents. Didymos recommends using a special wool detergent. Wool is prone to felting if exposed to extreme changes of temperature and agitation. Make sure to avoid felting your wrap by using only lukewarm water, avoiding extreme temperature changes and any agitation whatsoever. To wash a wool or cashmere wrap, simply fill a tub with lukewarm water, add a dime sized amount of wool wash, gently swish, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then very carefully lay the wrap flat on a towel, being careful to support its weight in all places. Fill the tub up again with water the same temperature as the water you just drained. Add the wrap and swish gently to rinse it. Let it sit for a few minutes. To dry a wool or cashmere wrap, first lay it flat, sandwiched between two towels. Roll up the towels and squeeze to remove any excess water. Then lay it flat by itself to dry. Do not tumble dry. Air dry your woolie, but make sure to give it support while it is drying. Laying flat will prevent stretching.