Fiber Content: 40% organic cotton, 30% linen, 30% merino wool
Weight: 280 gsm
Carries tried: DH with multiple finishes, FWCC, Ruck CCCB, Robin's hip carry, HJBC
Wearee: 7kg, 5 months old
Cons: Requires some breaking in to fully soften up, requires special care due to wool content.
Pros: Incredible sheen (so pretty!), deceptively grippy pattern, subtle stretch, airy weave and on the thin side (great warm weather wrap).
I first discovered Vanamo when a Malaysian vendor friend of mine started stocking it. I was so curious about this new brand, but since there was no way for me to try it and there weren't that many reviews online, I just joined the Vanamo Wovens Chatter Group on FB and hoped that I could have it travel to me one day. Well, dreams do come true! Not long after, Wearababy (the family-run company in Finland that make these beautiful wraps) got in touch with me and asked if I'd be willing to review the Kide Ilta. Obviously, I said yes!
Straight out of the box, the Kide Ilta had an amazing sheen to it, instantly earning the title of Most Glamorous Wrap in my stash. I was headed to a weekend away at my brother-in-law's gorgeous home in the woods, and I wanted so badly to bring it with me and wrap with it straight away because I knew I'd get some stunning shots! But I resisted the temptation, and put it into the gentle cycle on my washing machine instead. It was a good thing I was away as the wrap dried off at home, because I think I would have been checking it every hour so I could wear it as soon as it was dry!
Kide Ilta is definitely on the thin side. Pair that with a fairly airy weave and its linen content, this would make a wonderful warm-weather wrap. I shot most of these photos under scorching sunlight, and Adam and I barely broke a sweat. I know it seems counter-intuitive to wear wool in summer, but the assumption that wool makes you warm is a misconception - wool is actually thermo-regulating. This means that it'll keep you cool when the weather is warm, and warm when the weather is cool. So don't be afraid of wearing wool in warm weather! I think weave density is a more accurate indicator of how warm any textile would feel, honestly.
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