Composition: 55 % Egyptian combed cotton, 27 % bamboo, 11 % viscose, 7 % linen
Weight: 233 g/m² (counted by us)
Double hammock/saltwater finish
We have not had any Vatanai here for a long time. 😀 Skye is another ‘lab’ Vatanai I had the opportunity to test after the all-cotton Ravenna and Taranaki. It was named after the Scottish island (the biggest, Nothern-most and supposedly the most beautiful island of Inner Hebrides) and it truly honors its ˈofficialˈdescription: “Light and airy as the morning mist, full glare of blue-green sea. Soft as morning grass covered with dew.” Although I think the poet in fact meant “the grass covered with morning dew” (or is there any evening grass?), I have to agree with each of his/her words – this is exactly how I remember the Scottish island mornings (from the times I spent several months as an exchange student on Shetland islands).
Skye is a perfect newborn ‘spider-web’ – even more perfect and more newborn-suitable than the all-cotton Unalaska, for example, despite it has a slightly higher weight than the whales. The warp is cotton and the weft is a combination of bamboo, viscose and linen. We tested the wrap in a perfectly broken-in state and I think it is an utter understatement to say it was soft as butter – it is quite difficult to describe the tactile feeling. Here, I am in complete consonance with the above-mentioned poet who wrote that Skye is like the morning mist – it basically melts in your hands and runs through your fingers. Moreover, it is so soft that I would not be afraid to wrap even a premie in it. It basically ties itself – it is perfectly user-friendly and especially beginner-friendly, its tightening is very easy thanks to its amazing pliability. In the carry it feels slightly elastic and holds in its place without any problems. As to the care of the wrap, it is quite prone to pulls, similarly as all its Vatanai relatives.
However, it is not a toddler piece. Although I was astonished by the low-weight Vatanai wraps before thanks to their unbelievable supportiveness despite their weight around 200 g/m² and ability to hold up to Emilka’s weight around 9 kg without a blink of an eye, this moment of surprise did not come with Skye. I think the bamboo (or the bamboo viscose, I suppose) is to blame – it is a blend quite frequently used in thin wraps for little babies because it is very soft and pliable; however, it makes the wrap less supportive. And Emilka is not a little baby anymore… Skye is not a wrap for us for longer walks anymore, not even in multi-layer carries – but this does not change the fact that it is a great wrap for the smallest ones!
My thanks for the opportunity to test the wrap go to the group Nosíme děti (i.e. We wear our babies).