** This is one of my private wraps, I might be a bit blinded by love & passion when writing this review Sorry!
Artipoppe Argus The Water-lily. The Gold-spinners
Warp: 48% ecru Egyptian cotton
Weft: 28% blue indigo hemp, 22% gold cashmere, 1% nylon, 1% polyester
Artipoppe is an ‘avant-garde babywearing design house’ from the Netherlands, a machine woven brand with exciting blends and designs.
I’ve owned and tried a few, Argus Water-lily is the first triweave I’ve tried and I’m smitten!
This wrap has a special story and I’m going to share it with you (just skip it if it bores you..)
My favourite Artipoppe design is Twobirds and I didn’t think I would ever ‘get’ the love for Argus…. Until Water-lily came along, a stunning blue Argus. The colour, the shimmer…
I didn’t score at the release in February (2014), the market value is very high and it seemed one of those wraps that’s just impossible to get your hands on.
I have been ISO (in search of), DISO (desperate in search of) and VDISO (very desperate in search of) this wrap, after a while I gave up on it and even removed my ISO comments because I thought it was pointless and I didn’t stand a chance.
In May I received a mysterious package, on the envelop it said I should wait for part 2 to arrive. I knew it had to be something special, I didn’t buy anything and my friends seemed even more excited for me to open it than I was. In the package was the leaflet of an Artipoppe wrap: Water-lily… The wrap arrived a few days later, it was even more beautiful in real life!
My friends got me this wrap in a trade, I’m still extremely thankfull and know I’m blessed to have friends that care so much about me & where I can share my crazy wrap-addiction with 🙂
Water-lily has a beautiful sparkle, you won’t notice it on most pictures, but it almost makes me believe it’s fairy dust. (haha)
I’m a hemp-fan and it’s interesting to see this combination with cashmere and cotton. It still needed a lot of breaking in and one side (the wrong side) was softening up a lot quicker.
Someone posted the suggestion to put a hemp wrap in a hot car and leave it there for a few days, this is exactly what I did with water-lily during our summer holiday in Italy.
It softened up very quick, was easier to wrap with and I could even imagine using this with a tiny newborn (which I thought was impossible at the first few weeks I had it).
This is the perfect all-rounder, you can use it with your newborn (once broken in) and you will love it with your heavy pre-schooler, it’s even comfortable in a rucksack carry with a heavier child!
The knot is not extremely bulky, but I still prefer a knotless finish. It’s not as grippy as Blue Bird is, but will still stay in place on longer walks.
After some breaking in it’s easy to wrap with, cushy on the shoulders and really shows the perfect combination of softness and strength.
Recently I traded my well broken in size 5 for a size 7 and I was very surprised by the difference. I didn’t realise how much mine already softened up, I think I already forgot how sturdy it was in the beginning.
Wraps with hemp are often real ‘work horses’ and ‘beaters’, but the touch of cashmere makes this one so interesting.
Don’t be fooled by the first impression, using this wrap a lot (or putting it in a hot car) will make such a difference!
Size 7 is my favourite size at the moment, but I can imagine that this wrap will also shine in a shorter size for a rucksack tied in front, or even as a size 2 with a knotless RRRR.
Water-lily is a bit less airy than Blue Bird, but hemp is great for hotter temperatures and I’ve been using mine a lot during the Italian (hot) summer weather.
It’s a thicker wrap and the weight makes it feel like ‘a lot of fabric’, so for the very hot days I would still prefer a thinner/lighter all cotton or cotton/linen wrap.
The triweave Argus wraps are more prone to pulls (compared to the ‘old’ weave or the twobirds design), you need to be carefull when wearing jewelry or clothing with zippers.
Fixing pulls is not impossible, but will take some practise (and time) with this design. 🙂
This is one of those wraps that I call permastash. Never leaving…. never.
Partly because of the story behind it, but mostly because it’s amazing.
Together with Blue Bird it’s my favourite toddler wrap and they make a great team when tandemwearing.
The one ‘bad’ thing about this wrap: it’s expensive and hard to find.
You can find the Artipoppe retail prices on Facebook , but because of the small releases and huge number of fans the market value tends to be a lot higher.
If you’re hoping to get a (used) Artipoppe, you can take a look in the Facebook groups, there are a couple of AP fan-groups in different languages.
Artipoppe releases their wraps through etsy, release times are (mostly) not announced and they sell out in a flash. It’s a nice hunting game for those who love it. Have fun!