The Wrap 8ssentials
Brand: Two Trees Handwovens LLC
Name: Fade2Black Unicorn Tails
Size: 2 (2.6meters)
Material: 60% Cotton, 40% Egyptian Cotton
Price Range: $300 ($110-115/meter)
Age Range: Newborn+
Find-ability: Two Trees Handwovens are all custom and one of a kind wraps which are usually very difficult to purchase new, and can be found in some high-end online sales groups
One of the goals of my “100 Wrap Challenge” was to try as diverse a collection of wraps and carriers as possible. That includes different weaves, colors, materials, styles and brands. I have made many friends on my journey in testing and wrapping with so many different wraps. This gorgeous handwoven came to me as a generous tester from the owner of Two Trees Handwovens.
Pros: This wrap is stunningly beautiful. There are so many bright and vibrant colors, coupled with a very ornate gradient weft throughout the width of the wrap. It gives the wrap a gradual fading appearance, which is aptly titled “Fade2Black.” The striking colors also gradually fade from an energetic punch of color, to a subtle and elegant hush.
This is my first size 2 (2.6 meters long- handwovens are measured by meters, not so much size). It is such a cool experience to have a “shortie”! I am really enjoying the simplicity of the ruck carry, and a rebozo with a slipknot. The short 2.6meters leaves nothing to drag on the ground and get filthy. It is also less bulky, and fits in the diaper bag for on-the-go throughout the day. BabyT also likes that getting wrapped up is quick, now that he is a fidgety 6 month old.
My handwoven caveat… there is just nothing, and I mean nothing, that compares to the quality of the handwovens. This is now the third American-made, mama-handwoven I’ve wrapped with, and they are nothing short of amazing. This Two Trees wrap is extremely detailed, woven without flaw, and a work of art.
The mixture of cotton and Egyptian cotton is well broken in, with lots of love, and a medium thinness. It is thicker than a Girasol, but thinner and less dense to the touch than any Kokadi. The intricate herringbone weave is textured into little waves under my fingertips, but is so SO soft and marshmallowy. It wraps with medium grippy-ness, pulling the rails easily snug, with a solid single knot, deffinently toddler-worthy, but is soft enough that it could be used as a lovey. It is absolutely moldable and contours to wrap around BabyT very snugly.
Cons: As always, the cost of handwovens seems like just a bit much to someone who doesn’t absolutely love wraps or use them constantly, like we do in the LilBug house. But I will say, if you are a wrapper at heart, the cost is so worth the lovingly made custom piece of artwork. There really isn’t anything that compares to a handwoven wrap.
It can also be frusterating to get ahold of handwoven wraps, as they have long wait lists, sometimes over a year, as well as use systems like random draws and raffles to sell their wraps. It can sometimes really be simply luck to be able to own a handwoven.
Also, not something about this particular wrap, but a shortie is not ideal for little bugs. It doesn’t provide enough passes around them to keep them secure and supported enough. Something to consider before trying a shortie, size 2 or 3. I have found the shortie love now that BabyT can sit up unassisted and is a bit more robust!
The Wrap Up…
I am now completely in love with the handwoven world… it is an art form I really wish I had the time, space and talent to learn! Just maybe I’ll give it a go when my LilBugs get older! Who here weaves? How long did it take you to make your first wrap, or are you still planning on making your first wrap?
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