I met Natasha Stoller, creator and owner of Liora Rae Wovens at Sling Show Scotland, and her Flow collection caught my eye straight away. Natasha was so friendly, open and willing to chat about her beautiful wraps, and didn't mind the slightly strange lady (me) coming past every 5 minutes to ooh, aah and umm over them!
I didn't make a purchase that day (why, oh why, totally kicking myself) so was absolutely delighted to find myself on the tester list for Aida, from the new Spin Collection.
Aida is a 100% cotton wrap, thin in hand, weighing 250gsm. I was instantly intruiged by the geometric pattern, inspired by a Japanese design. A few people have passed comment on its mathematical feel, including those who have no interest in wraps or babywearing, which is always a good sign (including my husband, who sees so many wraps it takes something different for him to pass comment!) Liora Rae Wovens come in a canvas tote bag, with a beautifully designed instruction booklet, with chat and insight from Natasha within. I love getting to know the faces behind the wrap brands, and this, along with her busy chatter Facebook group are a great way of doing that (and watch out on her instragram for cheeky sneak peeks!)
From a distance, Aida can appear almost monochrome, but she has a whole lot more going on than that! Intricately weaved throughout the design are threads of red, green and blue, which all work together to create a three dimensional effect. While Aida is thin in hand, with a light, airy quality, she is actually relatively tightly weaved, so it doesn't feel like it would pull a thread easily
My wrappee is 19 months, 26lbs and in size 18 to 24 month clothes. A thin cotton wrap wouldn't be my first choice for her, so I was interested to see how Aida performed against a wriggly and determined toddler. In multilayer carries, she really shined - the passes slid in to place easily, and the wrap was easy to manipulate and tie off. The intricate weave provided just the right amount of grip to hold carries in place, and we discovered a new favourite back carry (Shepherds Back Carry). Aida was perfect for quick ups on front, and despite her best efforts, Molly couldn't escape a front wrap cross carry, even with unspread passes. My shoulders are a touch picky, and we didn't feel quite as comfortable in a single layer back carry, but that wasn't an huge issue for us. Aida is so easy to wrap with that more complicated carries were easy to complete in no time at all.
Aida is super soft, and would be a great choice for a squish - she's soft, floppy and mouldable, perfect for snuggling a tiny close to you. It surpassed my expectations for how it would hold up with a toddler, so while it is thinner than wraps from the Flow Collection, it wouldn't be impossible to happily use it for an older baby with multilayer carries. It's delightfully easy to wrap with, suiting both beginners and more experienced wrappers alike
It was a pleasure hosting Aida and I have no doubt that there are lots of exciting things to come from Liora Rae Wovens - they are definitely one to watch! Thank you Natasha for allowing to test out one of your beautiful wraps.