Diva Essenza Smeraldo
100% cotton, around 250 gr/m²
Sometimes even I am surprised that I never tried a wrap from a certain brand before. With Diva Milano this was the case. Somehow I’ve heard a lot about Diva Milano, but I’ve only admired them from afar, never gave it a try.
Diva Milano is an Italian brand which produces high quality woven wraps in elegant designs. They also sell babywearing accessories (babywearing coats) and nursingwear.
Diva Essenza is a more affordable line, the 100% cotton wraps cost 99 euro for a size 6 (the ‘regular’ line costs around 154 euro for a size 6 all cotton wrap).
I have been hosting both an Essenza & ‘regular’ Diva all cotton wrap, which was a great opportunity to directly compare the wrapping qualities of both wraps.
The biggest difference between Essenza & the original Diva Milano line is the production place (Diva Milano is woven in Italy, but the Essenza line is woven in India),off course this reflects in the pricing.
For the Essenza wraps they use Indian cotton where the more expensive Diva Milano wraps are made with Egyptian cotton.
This diva came in a Diva box, nothing special but I think it looked nice. Even brand-new this wrap was already pretty soft. The paisley design reminds me of Ellevill, it’s an elegant & pretty design.
This emerald colourway is one of my favourites, there are many colourways to fit every style and outfit.
After a wash the wrap fluffs up a little bit and quickly becomes softer. The wrap is around 68cm wide (post wash), which is a moderate width.
The wrap has only one middle marker, for beginner wrappers I would prefer 2 middle markers (both on the top & bottom rail).
This wrap has a medium weight and feels pretty airy. The pattern is grippy and might make it a bit harder to make a high backpass.
As the wrap becomes softer it also gets easier to wrap with, but it’s still grippy enough for a perfect knotless finish. From both Diva’s I’ve tested I would pick the other one for my toddler and this one for my little girl (almost 2 year old, around 10kg). I can imagine this being a nice wrap for the summer, airy but supportive, 100% cotton makes it easy to care for.
The design might look very delicate but it isn’t, not at all! I’ve spotted a couple of weaving irregularities, but it doesn’t seem to be prone to pulls.
I’ve tried this wrap in different carries, with both my toddler and my 2-year-old daughter. With my little girl it’s fine in a rucksack (knotless Tibetan finish), not very cushy but still comfortable on my shoulders.
The wrap doesn’t have a lot of bounce, but after a couple of wears it’s very mouldable and has a nice diagonal give. With my toddler I’ve used it in a double hammock, I’ve tried a ruck but Ithis carry wouldn’t be my pick for a heavy (14kg?) toddler. It’s fine in a multilayer carry. This wrap definitely needs some breaking in.
I think Diva Essenza Smeraldo is a good choice for someone who wants a wrap with the elegant looks without the need to be scared of hurting the wrap 🙂
It might not be the best choice for a beginner, but if you’re a beginner and you think you can handle a wrap that needs some love (or a beating) before showing its full potential, go ahead!
It probably won’t take very long, ironing & wearing will change the feel of this wrap. I love the combination of soft & grippy.
As soon as it’s broken in, you can use this wrap for a newborn, brand-new I would say it’s a nice wrap for bigger babies.
I think this wrap will rock as a shorty, not only for short back carries (like RRRR or DH rebozo), but after breaking in it would make a great kangaroo wrap for your little one.
The Diva Essenza productline is available in different colours & they are (almost) always in stock. I really like the fact that with the Essenza line, Diva Milano has created a more affordable wrap, with the quality we all know from Diva Milano. No compromises. You can buy the wrap here.