45 % peruvian pima cotton ELS, 39 % silk 16 % cashmere
about 260 g/m²
Linuschka is mainly known for high quality handwoven wraps, but they have been designing some machine woven wraps, too.
Last year they released ‘Machaon’ (butterflies) and they are starting off 2014 with two new designs: owls and mermaids.
The owls design grabbed me immediately and the dark colours and intriguing blends make me want to try every single one of them!
These owls have already been released, but I know there are more colourways coming.
The releases are very limited, they sell on www.linuschka.de and are announced on their Facebook page.
Owls Kreta is a wrap with cashmere, silk and a peruvian pima cotton warp. Peruvian Pima cotton is an extra long staple (ELS) cotton, primarily grown in Peru. Pima cotton is shorter than egyptian cotton but it’s still softer than normal cotton. The combination of silk & cashmere makes a luxurious feel, extreme softness and it will be perfect to wear in high and low temperatures.
The wrap arrived unwashed, but already buttery soft. After a wash and a (lay flat) dry I used it intensively for days. This wrap is so easy to wrap with, the owls are beautiful and the colour (a dark brown) is something you can wear to (almost) every occasion. All the Linuschka wraps I tried so far feel thin, but supportive. I would recommend wearing it in a multi layer carry with a heavy toddler (my big girl weighs 15 kilograms), but even in a ruck carry it would do fine. It has a nice stretch and this blend is very cushy on your shoulders.
In the beginning it was a bit slippery, but after a few wears it got better and I could even rock it in a knotless carry. The colour doesn’t make it very suitable for summer (maybe), but the blend is very nice for both summer and winter because of the temperature regulating qualities of cashmere and silk. You may think thinner wraps need to be wrapped very carefully, because some wraps tend to get diggy or cut your shoulder if you don’t tighten properly, but this is a nice (forgiving!) wrap suitable for even inexperienced wrappers. The passes slide smoothly into place, tying a double hammock isn’t always this easy! I’m looking forward to the new colourways, hopefully there will be some blue to add to my stash!
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